: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Obama called Putin and Poroshenko before meeting in Minsk

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, President Obama called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about the diplomacy way of ending the conflict in Ukraine.

As it was planned German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Putin will meet Wednesday, February 11, in the Belarusian capital Minsk to reach an elusive peace deal.

In the phone call Poroshenko and Obama discussed the situation in the Donbass, and stressed the need for a ceasefire and a peaceful settlement on the basis of the implementation of the agreements Minsk. Obama has expressed regret over the loss of Ukrainian citizens and underlined its support for negotiations on a peace settlement.

Obama and Poroshenko “agreed on the need for Russia to abide by the commitments it made during a previous peace summit in Minsk last September,” according to the White House.

US President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about the escalation of violence in the east of Ukraine and Russia’s support there the separatists.

During his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama “underscored the rising human tool of the fighting” and emphasized “the importance of President Putin seizing the opportunity presented by the ongoing discussions between Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine to reach a peaceful resolution,” reported the White House.

Presidents of Ukraine and the United States agreed about the necessity for the implementation of Russia’s obligations under the agreements Minsk.

Obama underlined that the US continue to support Ukraine in obtaining financial assistance from its international partners and international financial institutions to implement the necessary reforms.

Poroshenko and Barack Obama agreed on close coordination of follow-up meeting in the “Norman format” in Minsk on February 11.

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