Normandy Four urges respect of Ukraine truce

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine called Friday for a "strict respect of engagements" pledged in a peace deal to end the Ukraine crisis, the French presidency said of the first four-way talks in more than two months.

The conversation between Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko - the first since April 30 - lasted for more than two hours and focused on finally halting the 15-month crisis in the Donbas.

The warring sides had struck a ceasefire deal in February but Poroshenko on Friday complained about pro-Russian militants' refusal to honour the five-month truce. The Minsk agreements calls for the entire peace process - including full disarmament and the return of Kyiv's control over its Russian border - should be competed by the end of the year.

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Petro Poroshenko expressed concern about the continuing escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and called for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Francois Hollande praised Poroshenko's constitutional proposals as a positive first step that should lead to the staging of local elections in terrorists-run regions later this year.

"Local elections held under Ukrainian law and with respect for the corresponding commitments will be an important milestone," the French president's office said.

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