Poroshenko, Merkel agree to intensify Minsk process
President Petro Poroshenko following his Thursday meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the framework of his working visit to Malta said the parties agreed to hold trilateral negotiations between the leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France in the nearest time, meant to intensify the Minsk peace process, the president's press service reports.
"We have conducted very thorough negotiations with the German Chancellor. We have agreed to hold telephone negotiations in trilateral format with participation of Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande next week regarding the intensification of process in the Minsk format," Petro Poroshenko informed.
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The president emphasized that in the course of the meetings within the EPP Summit, including with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the parties had discussed three key issues for Ukraine: consideration of the introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians by the European Parliament, completion of ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and provision of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine.
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