German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has reminded his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Russia is must comply with the Minsk Agreements on Donbas settlement, Germany's Embassy in Ukraine reported following yesterday's phone call between the top diplomats.

"Minister Heiko Maas, after yesterday's conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: I clearly explained that cooperation between Russia as a party to the implementation of Minsk agreements is urgently needed for Russia and Ukraine to be able to achieve progress in implementing the decisions of the Norman format summit," the embassy wrote on Twitter.

As UNIAN reported earlier, following a Normandy Four summit held in Paris on December 9, 2019, leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia agreed on a communique stating that they support the agreement within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group on the disengagement of forces in three additional sites across Donbas until the end of March 2020.

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The document also referred to the exchange of held persons.

In addition, the leaders of the Norman Four states declared their support for reaching an agreement within 30 days within the framework of the TCG on the opening of new checkpoints across the line on contact.

At the same time, the communiqué spoke of harmonizing the legal aspects of law on the special procedure for local government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the so-called "Steinmeier formula".