Putin, Merkel discuss possible paths to Ukraine ceasefire-Kremlin

MOSCOW Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:23am EDT

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MOSCOW Aug 22 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed possible joint steps to achieve a ceasefire in Ukraine in a phone conversation, the Kremlin said, ahead of Merkel's trip to Kiev on Saturday.

The two leaders "discussed... certain steps that Russia and Germany could undertake in order to contribute to swift end to the fighting and establishment of an internal dialogue in Ukraine," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin also told Merkel that Russia decided to send the humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, because it could no longer wait for Kiev to give the green light. He also expressed concern over escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin statement said. (Reporting By Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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Canrock wrote:
Yes, the escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine. Might it have something to do with Russia sending in it’s troops and heavy weapons? Might it have something to do with Russia’s continuing lies about its intentions much like they did in Crimea?

Merkl had better not sell out Ukraine in order to appease Putin. She needs to stand up to his lying and aggressions against Ukraine and starting support the country that is the actual victim here.

I’m amazed any European country would still be interested in doing business with the current Russian regime.

Aug 22, 2014 12:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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