BERLIN, April 4 – RIA Novosti. Germany and France are concerned about the increase in the number of ceasefire violations in Donbass, call on the parties to immediately stop the escalation, the Foreign Ministry of both countries said in a statement. “Germany and France are concerned about the increase in the number of ceasefire violations after the stabilization of the situation in eastern Ukraine since July 2020. We carefully We monitor the situation, especially the movements of Russian troops, and call on the parties to refrain and immediately stop the escalation. We reaffirm our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. As mediators in the Normandy format, Germany and France seek to implement the Minsk agreements in full To this end, negotiations are ongoing on a regular basis, “the statement reads.
“In this context, we welcome the renewal of the mandate of the OSCE Special Observer Mission to Ukraine (SMM) and call for the lifting of restrictions on its freedom of movement so that the SMM can carry out its tasks in accordance with its mandate,” the parties stressed.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia, not being a party to the conflict, cannot secure a comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbass, but uses its influence to implement agreements.