PARIS, June 26 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.
In the statement released after the meeting, Kerry said he and Fabius believed that Russia should call for the disarmament of militias in eastern Ukraine.
EU leaders will discuss possible sanctions against Russia at the summit starting Thursday in Brussels, Kerry said.
Kerry also said he hoped to see the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine would work together to resolve the crisis.
Fabius said he hoped to see the situation in Ukraine eased. He said that French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the phone Wednesday, he hopes the commitments reached in the call will be honored from today and in the next few days.
According to French media, Kerry's visit to Paris aims to discuss the Iraq crisis with the Gulf leaders.
Militias in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Oblast organized referendum and declared to establish "sovereign state" in May. The Ukrainian government has taken operations against the Militias, and the casualty on both sides is becoming more serious lately.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko announced plans to a peaceful settlement in eastern Ukraine last Friday, with a week of cease-fire starting from 20th of June. Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma on Monday announced that a cease-fire agreement has been reached with the eastern militias till 27th of June.