Zelensky and Putin agree to intensify work of Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held telephone talks.

The Ukrainian leader’s press service said that the sides discussed the implementation of the agreements reached at the 9 December 2019 Normandy Summit and the preparation for the next meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Quartet.

Separately, Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin discussed the process of releasing Ukrainian citizens detained in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbass and Crimea, as well as in the Russian Federation.

“The parties agreed on the need to intensify work at the level of the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk to implement the reached agreements,” reported the Office of the President of Ukraine.

The Kremlin website reports that during the conversation, “Vladimir Putin directly raised the question whether Kyiv really intends to implement the Minsk agreements.

In addition, “in the context of the future 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, the Russian side will emphasize the contribution of all peoples of the USSR to the defeat of Nazi Germany and indicate the inadmissibility of distortion of the historical truth about the events of World War II.

The Normandy Format is an international group for the settlement of the situation in Donbass, which currently includes Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

Minsk Agreements are the agreements on peaceful settlement of the military conflict in Donbas. The first agreement (Minsk-1) was signed in September 2014, the second (Minsk-2) — in February 2015.