Normandy Four leaders may discuss Minsk agreements next week as well — Hollande
The Normandy Four leaders - Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko - may meet again next week for talks in case the situation with implementation of the Minsk agreements requires it, the French president said, according to TASS.
Speaking at a news conference in Brussels after an extraordinary EU summit, Hollande said the Normandy Four leaders would keep constant contact via telephone after the agreed upon ceasefire in Ukraine comes into force on Feb.15.
However, the French president added, the leaders of the Normandy Four would gather again if the need surged.
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Wednesday night in a bid to find a way for the resolution of the ongoing military conflict in the southeast of Ukraine.
The key negotiations, which started at 8:15 p.m. Moscow time (17:15 GMT) on Feb.11, lasted for around 16 hours. The high-ranking participants of the marathon talks in Minsk agreed on ceasefire from midnight, February 15.
A complex of measures on implementing the Minsk agreements, adopted on Feb.12, envisages the withdrawal of heavy weaponry by both sides at equal distances with the goal creating a 50 km security zone for 100 mm caliber artillery systems, a 70 km security zone for multiple rocket launcher systems, 140 km security zone for Tornado-S, Uragan, Smerch systems and Tochka-U tactical missile systems.