On 12 August the presidents of Russia Vladimir Putin and France Emmanuel macron discussed the settlement of the situation in the Donbass, reported the press service of the Kremlin.
In a telephone conversation the two presidents discussed “various aspects of the settlement” of the conflict in the Donbass.
The presidents welcomed signed on 22 July the trilateral contact group (TCG) in Minsk measures for strengthening of cease-fire.
Putin reiterated that Kiev must fulfill its obligations on the political aspects of the Minsk agreements and to establish a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk.
“The parties agreed to continue joint work in the framework of the Normandy format,” – said in the Kremlin.
In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, Russia has begun armed aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Fighting underway between Ukraine’s Armed forces on the one hand, and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants, who control part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, on the other. Officially, Russia does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite Ukraine presented the facts and evidence.
Negotiations on conflict settlement are being conducted in the framework of the trilateral contact group (Ukraine – OSCE – Russia) and “Normandy format” (Ukraine – Germany – France – Russia).
On 30 July the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky was appointed head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TAG Leonid Kravchuk. Kravchuk said that his main mission at this position considers the end of the war in the Donbass.