Hollande, Merkel urge Putin to broker Ukraine ceasefire

PARIS Thu Jul 3, 2014 3:04pm EDT

Members of a group of separatists stand outside an office in the town of Druzhkovka, Donetsk region, June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Members of a group of separatists stand outside an office in the town of Druzhkovka, Donetsk region, June 2, 2014.

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday to encourage separatists in eastern Ukraine to reach an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities, the French president's office said.

Hollande and Merkel stressed in a conversation with the Russian president the importance of implementing a deal reached in Berlin on Wednesday between the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in order to achieve a bilateral ceasefire, according to the statement from Hollande's office.

"They (Hollande and Merkel) called on the Russian president to support the organization of a meeting of the contact group before July 5 in order to define conditions for the ceasefire," Hollande's office said in the statement.

"To this effect, they asked President Putin to intervene to encourage the separatists to negotiate and find an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities."

Hollande and Merkel are due to hold a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the coming hours, Hollande's office added.

(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Nicholas Vinocur)

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Comments (16)
BraveNewWrld wrote:
Reuters reports:
“To this effect, they asked President Putin to intervene to encourage the separatists to negotiate and find an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities.”
Hollande and Merkel are due to hold a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the coming hours, Hollande’s office added.

Well, sounds somewhat encouraging. Hopefully, upon this phone conversation with Poroshenko, Reuters would be able to report that,

“To this effect, they asked President Poroshenko to intervene to encourage the Ukrainian authorities to negotiate and find an agreement with the separatists.”

Jul 03, 2014 9:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lub wrote:
The same old Reuters reporting featuring some twisted logic as per BraveNewWrld’s comment and a blackout on the new Kiev atrocities. Here is the missing news:
http://rt.com/news/170104-ukraine-lugansk-shelling-airstrike/
http://rt.com/news/170032-lugansk-ukraine-shelling-airstrike/

Jul 03, 2014 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeaWa wrote:
Pretty please with sugar on top? Awww, aren’t those Europeans soooo cute. They just want to be friends with anyone they can get money or resources from.

Jul 03, 2014 12:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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