Merkel-Hollande visit 'gives hope for peace'
AFP/The Local · 6 Feb 2015, 08:05
Published: 06 Feb 2015 08:05 GMT+01:00
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Talks between Poroshenko and his German and French counterparts - who unexpectedly jetted into Kiev on Thursday with the new peace proposal - "give hope for a ceasefire", the Ukrainian presidency said in a statement.
There was no joint declaration by the three leaders after their talks and few details have emerged about the Franco-German diplomatic initiative.
Speaking in Paris before heading to Kiev, Hollande said he and Merkel would "propose a new solution to the conflict based on the territorial integrity of Ukraine".
Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung said the proposal calls for "an immediate ceasefire" and offers greater autonomy for the separatists in eastern Ukraine, across a larger area than envisaged in a ceasefire deal agreed in Minsk in September last year.
The two European leaders want to make clear to Poroshenko that this could be "the last chance" to avoid a military defeat and economic collapse, while Putin will be warned of the possibility of more sanctions, the paper added.
A spokesman for the German government dismissed the information in the article as "not accurate".