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Ukrainian, German leaders discuss security in Donbas

The foreign ministers of the Normandy Four are said to meet these days.

Ukrainian, German leaders discuss security in Donbas
Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed the security situation on Donbas over the phone, according to Poroshenko's official website.

They discussed the development of a draft roadmap for the implementation of the Minsk agreements based on the results of the Berlin summit of the Normandy format, it said. It was agreed to hold a meeting at the level of the foreign ministers of the Normandy format in late November.

They also touched upon visa-free travel for Ukrainians. The chancellor confirmed that the decision to lift visas would enter into force immediately once the EU agreed a so-called suspension mechanism.

Recapping the EU leaders' meeting with US President Barack Obama, she confirmed the EU sanctions on Russia would remain in place until it honoured the Minsk agreements.