“We reached an agreement; we could have failed. But the agreement does not guarantee an enduring success in the days to come. We must continue to be vigilant, to apply pressure and to continue the movement that has been started thanks to the initiative that the Chancellor and I have been able to launch.
On his arrival at the European Council, François Hollande called on leaders to remain vigilant on the Ukrainian question, and said that the next hours would be crucial. The French President recognised that "the agreement is no guarantee for long-term success".
The peace plan agreed to by France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia in Minsk on Wednesday to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine is a 'weak solution', according to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that Europe must be 'cautious', after the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia agreed to a ceasefire, in order to put an end to months of violence in eastern Ukraine.