Moscow says parties in Ukraine conflict still committed to Minsk Deal

Leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine confirm during phone call meeting ‘certain progress’ in Minsk ceasefire, Kremlin media service says

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Kremlin announced on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin made a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The leaders are said to have noted “certain progress” in Minsk ceasefire agreement which called the belligerents in eastern Ukraine to terminate hot conflicts and pull out their heavy artillery from the fronts in Luhansk and Donetsk.

The ceasefire agreement was first sealed in the Belarussian capital Minsk last September and the parties clinched the armistice again under the monitoring mission of Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the middle of this February.

The leaders have assured peace and stability in the region by confirming withdrawal of heavy weapons despite some sporadic ceasefire violation that has been continuing since February.

The relations between Russia and the West had stretched over the Ukraine crisis, particularly when Moscow annexed Crimea last year and gave its support to separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

Following the crisis escalated in eastern Ukraine, the West had imposed sanctions which forced Moscow and the pro-Russian separatist to come to the table in Minsk.

TRTWorld and agencies