The Chancellor of German Angela Merkel once again stated that she opposes the idea to resolve the conflict in the Donbas by force. She stated it today before the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande in Moscow, Joinfo.ua reports.
"We are convinced that there is no military solution to the conflict," she said.
Merkel added that she and Hollande were not "neutral mediators", as the war in the Donbas violates the peace operation in Europe.
"It's about our interests, German and French but especially European interests… it's about European peace," she said.
"We don't know if this will happen today or whether further talks are necessary, whether these will be long or short talks in Moscow," Merkel said.
Earlier, in Kyiv, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande discussed the ways of implementing the Minsk agreements being the basis of resolving the conflict, 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.
Recently it became known that President Putin sent a secret letter to the Western leaders demanding greater autonomy for the occupied territories in the east of Ukraine.