Europe

German, Russian, Ukrainian, French leaders to meet in Berlin

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela after talks at the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela after talks at the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits in the foyer of the chancellery for the arrival of Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela for talks in Berlin, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits in the foyer of the chancellery for the arrival of Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela for talks in Berlin, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says she will host a meeting with the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents on Wednesday to discuss efforts toward peace in eastern Ukraine.

A German government statement Tuesday said that Merkel invited Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande to "assess the implementation of the Minsk (peace) agreements since the last meeting and discuss further steps."

The four leaders have held sporadic meetings to discuss implementation of the Minsk accord, brokered by Germany and France — the last of them in Paris last October.

The meeting is to be held Wednesday evening.