Ukraine: Discussion with Barack Obama
This evening, President Hollande discussed the situation in Ukraine with President Obama.
They highlighted the importance of convening, as soon as possible, a meeting between the contact group and the separatist elements in order to achieve a bilateral ceasefire. A lasting solution to the crisis in Ukraine can only be achieved through political means.
They called on President Putin to put pressure on the separatists to agree to dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities and to strengthen control of the Russian-Ukrainian border.
They reaffirmed the need for all hostages to be released.
François Hollande and Barack Obama also decided to coordinate their efforts in order to bring the necessary pressure to bear.