The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, discussed the sharp deterioration of the security situation in connection with the recent provocations by Russia in the Crimea with the President of France, Francois Hollande, and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.
The leaders of Germany and France promised comprehensive assistance to help de-escalate the situation and expressed a willingness to work together on a solution, reports the press service of the President.
Poroshenko noted that charges against Ukraine from the Kremlin regarding alleged subversive activities on the Peninsula, are designed, among other things, to discredit Ukraine in the eyes of international partners.
"Of particular concern is the fact that the Russian Federation used the indicated provocation as a pretext for the torpedoing of the work of the Normandy group and the process of the implementation of the Minsk Agreements," stated the message.
Merkel and Hollande stressed that the non-recognition of the temporary occupation of the Crimea is their consistent position that they are not subjected to any doubt.
The two parties reaffirmed their commitment to joint efforts to resolve the situation in the Donbas region and in the Crimea exclusively through political and diplomatic means and stressed the need to continue consistent communication.
As reported, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, also agreed with the importance of continuing the dialogue.