Putin, Germany's Merkel discuss efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis-Kremlin

MOSCOW, March 5 Wed Mar 5, 2014 2:11pm EST

MOSCOW, March 5 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed possible international efforts to help improve the situation in Ukraine in a phone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Wednesday.

The West has threatened sanctions against Russia which effectively occupied Crimea after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich. Moscow accused the Western powers of supporting a "coup" to topple him and did not recognise the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities.

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