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Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande receive secret letter from Putin

President Vladimir Putin sent a secret letter to the Western leaders demanding greater autonomy for the occupied territories in the east of Ukraine.

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande receive secret letter from Putin

President Vladimir Putin demand greater autonomy for DPR and LPR from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Joinfo.ua writes with reference to the Wall Street Journal.

According to the source an unnamed Western official a few days ago, the Russian leader sent a secret letter to Hollande and Merkel demanding to provide greater autonomy to the militants. French and German leaders rejected the proposal, and then planned Friday's visit to Moscow. According to the newspaper, in Moscow the Western leaders will make a counteroffer.

After announcing the visit to the capital of Russia, President of France said that they wanted to start a "new initiative" based on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. According to Hollande, the text of the agreement satisfying all parties of the conflict will be the result of the visit to Moscow.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said that the leaders of the three countries would discuss the steps to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.

After yesterday's talks in Kyiv, Valeriy Chaly, the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine said that the parties were discussing "absolutely new proposals" to resolve the conflict. At the same time, he added that no Putin"s document was the basis of the negotiations.

The parties supported peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and expressed the hope that Russia was interested in this.

Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel, and Francois Hollande discussed the ways of implementing the Minsk agreements, which are the basis of the conflict resolution and worked on general suggestions regarding next steps.

The three leaders called for immediate ceasefire, withdrawal of foreign troops from Ukraine, removal of heavy equipment and weapons, border closure and release of all hostages.

Also yesterday, John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State arrived in Kyiv, where he met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The subject of the meeting was the conflict in the Donbas. According to him, Merkel and Hollande received some proposal from Putin, but he did not say what exactly it was. The Secretary of State said that the leaders of France and Germany studied the text only yesterday and did not analyze it fully yet.