Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders sign Declaration to cease fire in Donbass

The declaration of the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents and the German chancellor in support of the Complex of Measures on the implementation of the Minsk agreements adopted on February 12, 2015 has been published on the Russian presidential website.

The declaration of the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents and the German chancellor in support of the Complex of Measures on the implementation of the Minsk agreements adopted on February 12, 2015 has been published on the Russian presidential website.

Here is the text of the Declaration:

"President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of France Francois Hollande and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel confirm the full respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. They are strongly convinced that a peaceful settlement is the sole option. They are fully ready to take any possible measure both separately and jointly in pursuing these goals.

In this context the leaders approve the Package of Measures on the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements adopted and signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015 by all parties that signed the Minsk Protocol dated September 5, 2014 and the Minsk Memorandum dated September 19, 2014. The leaders will contribute to this process and use their influence over relevant parties in order to assist the fulfillment of this Package of Measures.

Germany and France will give technical support for the restoration of a segment of the banking system in the regions affected by the conflict through the creation of an international mechanism of assisting the payment of social benefits.

The leaders are convinced that the strengthening of cooperation between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia will assist the resolution of this crisis. In order to achieve these goals, they support continuing the trilateral negotiations between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia on energy issues in order to make steps in the development of the 'winter gas package'.

They also support the trilateral negotiations between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia in order to develop a practical solution to the issues that deeply worry Russia, concerning the implementation of the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement.

The leaders are still committed to the idea of creating a common humanitarian and economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on the basis of full respect for international law and the OSCE principles.

The leaders will remain committed to the implementation of the Minsk accords. To achieve this goal they agreed to create a control mechanism in the Normandy format that will organize regular meetings as a rule at the level of senior officials from foreign ministries.

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