Poroshenko, Steinmeier discuss new intl security format for Ukraine - presidential press service
President Petro Poroshenko has held talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the introduction of a new international security format with guarantees for Ukraine.
"The parties discussed the necessity to introduce a new security format with effective guarantees for Ukraine," the presidential press service said.
"Poroshenko informed Steinmeier about the implementation of the peace plan to settle the situation in eastern Ukraine and about the declaration of ceasefire in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions," the press service said.
Poroshenko said that the ceasefire is violated by the other side. "Eight incidents were reported last night. One serviceman was killed and seven others were wounded," he said.
Poroshenko proposed launching the work on Ukrainian-German projects to restore the economy in eastern Ukraine and to create jobs there.
The Ukrainian president also thanked Germany for supporting the European Union foreign ministers' conclusion on the completion of the first phase in the action plan for visa liberalization between Ukraine and the EU. He also requested aid in the earliest possible introduction of visa-free travel regime with the EU for all Ukrainian citizens," the press service said.
Poroshenko thanked Germany for assisting and supporting Ukraine in this time of trials.
The German foreign minister welcomed the results of the second meeting of the trilateral contact group in Donetsk, saying that the success was due to efforts made by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's special representative Heidi Tagliavini.
The talks on the terms leading to a truce, to the militia's surrender and its consent to enlarge the OSCE's monitoring mission, are a major step forward, Steinmeier said.