There was no pressure in the issue of Donbas conflict settlement in course of the negotiations between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, deputy head of Ukraine's Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly has said.
"In fact, someone from the outside should not determine the future of Ukraine. There was no pressure from the Europeans. There were such fears, but we were not afraid of that. It was discussed by experts," he said on the air of Ukrainian Inter TV channel.
According to the deputy head of the Presidential Administration, on the contrary, the negotiators tried to reach a unified position to resolve the situation on the basis of the Minsk agreements, elaborating specific steps on cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy artillery and making political decision. "Yesterday's meeting has showed that we can now clearly speak with our partners on a common position. In fact, our partners went to Moscow to send this unified position to the fourth side of the Normandy format," Chaly stated.
He added that during yesterday's talks of Petro Poroshenko with Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, the issue of federalization of Ukraine had not been discussed. No discussion and no plans or proposals of the president of the neighboring country were discussed also.