EU leaders give ‘cautious support’ to Ukraine’s peace plan

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On Thursday, EU leaders welcomed the ceasefire agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, but said they gave it ‘cautious support.’

“Words put down on paper must translate into real deeds. The cease fire must be respected. We must see real deescalation of the conflict. This is not just about the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The whole geopolitical order in Europe is at stake,” European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters on Thursday in Brussels.

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met in Minsk on Wednesday and agreed on a peace plan to end violence in eastern Ukraine from 15 February.

Meeting in Brussels for the February EU Council Summit, European heads of state also reviewed progress made towards the Economic and Monetary Union, and listened to the new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ policy programme regarding Greece’s economic situation, and debt relief.

“On Greece, I remain concerned,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. “The Greek government has said that they can agree to 70% of the existing programme. We have to see which 70% the new Greek government agrees with, and for the 30% where they disagree,” he added.

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