Despite the violation of terms of the ceasefire agreement by the separatists in Debaltseve, the leaders of the Normandy four do not think that the Minsk agreements failed. "German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as President of France Francois Hollande, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko intend to implement the agreements reached," said Steffen Seibert, an official spokesman for the federal government in Berlin on Thursday, February 19.
"During the telephone conversation the parties concurred on the need for concrete steps aimed at establishing a truce and the withdrawal of heavy weapons under the control of the OSCE observers in accordance with the Minsk agreements dated February 12," dpa agency quotes Seifert.
Online edition Spiegel-Online with reference to the Elysee Palace informs that the Normandy four urged to accelerate the release of prisoners. This issue is going to be raised during the upcoming consultations to be held on Thursday by the foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, France and Ukraine. They also plan to discuss the measures to strengthen the control over implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk.