On June 24, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the course of which the parties discussed the preparation to the quadripartite conference call at the level of the heads of state in the format initiated in Normandy.
The Federal Chancellor expressed condolences over the downing of the helicopter with 9 Ukrainian servicemen.
Angela Merkel reiterated her support to Petro Poroshenko in his efforts to implement the peace plan. She expressed admiration for the courage of the Ukrainian servicemen and the people of Ukraine “which seeks to settle the conflict peacefully despite numerous human victims”.
In response, Petro Poroshenko assured the Federal Chancellor that successful implementation of the peace plan requires tangible steps forward, among which, inter alia, are the blocking of the border, termination of attacks on the Ukrainian roadblocks, liberation of hostages, involvement of inspectors of the OSCE Mission, including Russian representatives, in the monitoring of the situation on the roadblocks in the nearest days left until the expiration of the ceasefire.
President Poroshenko also called the statement of President Putin regarding the appeal to the Federation Council the first and yet the only positive signal. He expressed hope that the mandate to use the Armed Forces of Russia on Ukrainian soil will be cancelled already on June 25.