Merkel discusses truce with leaders of "Normandy Four"

KYIV, February 16 /Ukrinform/.German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation with three other leaders of the "Normandy Four" - French, Russian and Ukrainian presidents, on Sunday.

German Deputy Government Spokesman Georg Streiter said this in his statement posted on the German government website, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the situation concerning truce in eastern Ukraine during a telephone conference with French, Russian and Ukrainian presidents," reads the statement.

The parties welcomed the fact that the ceasefire would be respected, but expressed concern about constant armed hostilities, particularly in Debaltseve.

"The parties stressed their determination to make all necessary efforts to reach full implementation of the ceasefire. Coordinated withdrawal of heavy weapons, starting from Tuesday, will be the next step," reads the statement.

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