Merkel on Minsk summit: I have no illusions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no illusions about a rapid resolution of the Ukraine crisis.

She said in her statement after the talks of “Normandy Four" leaders ended in Minsk, Belarus.

"I have no illusions. There's still plenty of work to do in future," she said.

"However, we have a real chance to change things for the better," stated German Chancellor.

"We now have a ray of hope, we have agreed on a comprehensive implementation of the Minsk agreement. But concrete steps should be certainly made and there are still significant obstacles ahead as before," she said.

"But in general, I can say that what we have achieved gives us reasons to be more hopeful. So, we can say that this initiative was worth our efforts" Merkel said.

"Finally, President Putin had influenced the separatists because they agreed that a ceasefire would begin at 24.00 on Saturday," she said.

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