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Statement by President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of France Emmanuel Macron and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko

March 29, 2018

The leaders of the Normandy format countries reaffirm their commitment to implementing all aspects of the Minsk Agreements, including security, political, humanitarian and economic issues. They will discuss possible ways of accelerating the agreements in the upcoming months.

Hence, they welcome the agreement on resuming the ceasefire on the occasion of Easter as agreed by the trilateral Contact Group on March 23. The agreement will take effect on March 30. The leaders highlighted the importance of strict adherence to the ceasefire, efficient monitoring and review of compliance with the agreement by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

In view of the successful exchange of over 300 detainees on December 27, 2017, the leaders called for more active efforts with respect to the exchange of the remaining detainees on an all-for-all basis.

March 29, 2018