Merkel assures Poroshenko Ukraine's fate won't be decided without Kyiv at G20 summit
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation coordinated their positions in the context of preparations for the G20 summit in Hamburg, in particular, the meeting of the leaders of Germany and France with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two discussed the situation in Donbas and coordinated the position on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the press service of the president of Ukraine reported.
"Angela Merkel assured Petro Poroshenko that during the meeting Ukraine's fate won't be decided without Kyiv," the report reads.
The leaders of two countries also noted the priority of implementing the key security requirements of the Minsk Agreements and expressed concern over continuous ceasefire violations committed by Russian militants.
Poroshenko emphasized the importance of release of Ukrainian citizens being held captive both in the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in Russia, the press service said.
During the conversation, the parties also expressed concern over the security of the monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Donbas, as well as attempts of the armed units from Donetsk and Luhansk to significantly restrict the SMM's activities in Donbas, it said.
Apart from that, Merkel thanked the Ukrainian president for participating in the European farewell ceremony for former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Strasbourg.