Poroshenko: We should finally make Russia fully implement Minsk accords

11:16, 17 January 2018
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stressed the need to press for the full implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas by the Russian Federation, according to the presidential press service.


"Together with the powerful international pro-Ukrainian coalition, we should finally make Russia fully implement the Minsk agreements," he said at a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions of foreign states and international organizations accredited in Ukraine, the press service reports.

The president expressed gratitude to the partners of Ukraine in the Normandy format – Germany and France. "I wish all the best to Chancellor Merkel, and I believe that the emerging government coalition in Germany will be based on steady support of Ukraine and its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence," Poroshenko said.

Read alsoPoroshenko's office considers documents published by Georgian media fakeHe also thanked President of France Emmanuel Macron for his leadership and vision of a new Europe, Austria as the OSCE chairmanship last year and wished every success to Italy's chairmanship this year. "We are looking forward to closely cooperating on bringing peace back on the Ukrainian land," the president stressed.

Poroshenko also commended on the brave and committed activity of numerous members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in occupied Donbas. "Even the threat to their health and lives from Russian occupation forces does not stop them from fulfilling their noble mission," he said.

"There is nothing impossible when we all join our efforts and speak with one voice. The release of hostages amid Christmas is a brilliant example," he said.

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