France to help monitor Ukraine-Russia border

Francois Hollande
Paris, Sep 12: French President Francois Hollande has said that his country is ready to help monitor Ukraine-Russia border in an effort to stop weapons transfer.

During a phone conversation on Thursday with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, Hollande "confirmed that France would support the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to control the border between Ukraine and Russia", Xinhua reported.

Hollande also stressed the importance of continuing the national dialogue to lay out terms of local organization in the Donetsk and Luhansk and promote the economic recovery of Donbass.

Urging both rivals to respect the ceasefire agreement, Hollande said that he is ready to broker a new meeting between Ukrainian and Russian leaders with the help of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to boost a peace plan.

Also Thursday, the European Union (EU) agreed new sanctions on Moscow, including the ban of Russian state-owned firms to raise capital or borrow on European markets, which took effect on Friday, in response to the current situation in Ukraine.

The EU said that these sanctions could be amended, suspended or repealed.


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