Putin, Merkel call for gas talks over Ukraine: Kremlin

MOSCOW Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:36am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Friday for three-party talks on Russian gas supplies to Europe, now under threat over the crisis in Ukraine, through which much of the gas is piped, the Kremlin said.

"Both leaders highlighted the need to hold talks as soon as possible between... Russia, the European Union and Ukraine on the security of supplies and the transit of Russian gas," the Kremlin said in a statement after Putin and Merkel spoke by phone.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Nigel Stephenson)

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