Hollande, Merkel, Putin, Poroshenko to hold summit on Ukraine

Ukrainian scouts return from a patrol of a neutral zone in order to survey the position of pro-Russian rebels in the Lugansk region on August 27, 2015The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday agreed to hold an October summit on ending the conflict in Ukraine, as they welcomed reports that a truce in the east had been “generally respected since September 1”, the French presidency said. In a phone conversation that lasted for 90 minutes, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko said everything must be done “to make this situation last and allow the OSCE special observer mission to have permanent, safe and unrestricted access” to the affected areas, the Elysee statement said. While the Elysee Palace said the four leaders would meet in “early October” to hold talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict, the Kremlin said in its own statement issued after the phone call that the summit would take place in Paris in October 2.

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