Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shared the view in a Wednesday telephone conversation that there is positive progress in the implementation of the February 12 Minsk agreements on Ukraine.
"It was acknowledged that there are positive trends in the implementation of the February 12 Minsk agreements by the conflicting parties," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday.
During the conversation, "Lavrov stressed that further progress toward the stabilization of the situation in this country depends in large part on whether Kyiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk comprehensively abide by the ceasefire and whether the Ukrainian side completes withdrawing all heavy weapons to the agreed-upon distances from the line of contact," it said.
At the same time, the ministers "pointed to the need for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to continue its active efforts to ensure efficient control over the implementation of the Minsk agreements and for the international community to support this process," it said.
"Special attention was given to comprehensive fulfillment of the Minsk agreements of February 12, including amnesties, the organization of local elections, the provision of special status to the relevant regions of Donbas under a universally acceptable constitutional reform. The ministers agreed that the creation of working mechanisms of the Contact Group should speed up for this purpose, as was provided in the documents of February 12," it said.
The ministers also discussed "practical issues relating to the preparations for a meeting between foreign ministry officials in Berlin on March 6, which has been approved by the leaders of the 'Normandy four,'" the document said.
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