“Norman Quartet” at night they discussed the issues of security and elections in the Donbass, – the office of Merkel

"Нормандская четверка" ночью обсуждала вопросы безопасности и выборы на Донбассе, - канцелярия Меркель

Three presidents of the “Normandy Quartet” and the Chancellor reaffirmed their commitment to the Minsk agreements and the determination to do everything that they were fully implemented as quickly as possible. This is stated in the message of the Elysee Palace at the end of the night telephone conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

“The interlocutors noted the importance of implementing all the necessary measures to strengthen the cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine, starting with the withdrawal of heavy weaponry and the release of the hostages”, – is spoken in the message.

In addition, they returned to political Affairs, discussed the local elections in Donbas in accordance with Ukrainian law and OSCE standards.

In the administration of the Federal Chancellor of Germany noted that the conversation was mainly devoted to security issues and preparation for local elections in the conflict zone. The two sides agreed to intensify cooperation in these two sectors to make rapid progress.

Earlier in the press service of the Kremlin reported that “Normandy format” sent a package of proposals for the local elections in the Donbass. Also, the negotiators supported the deployment of the police mission of the OSCE in the Donbas.