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.