BERLIN, March 16 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
told Russian President Vladimir Putin more Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers should be
sent to Ukraine, a plan he welcomed, Merkel's spokesman said on
"The chancellor proposed swiftly expanding the existing OSCE
presence in Ukraine and sending a bigger number of observers
into hot spots, especially in East Ukraine," Merkel's spokesman
Steffen Seibert said in a statement about a phone call between
the two leaders.
"The Russian president viewed this initiative positively. He
promised he would instruct Foreign Minister (Sergei) Lavrov
This should be agreed with as broad as possible support at
an OSCE meeting in Vienna on Monday.
Merkel also condemned a Russian attempt on Saturday to try
to enter a spit of land belonging to Kherson, a region adjacent
to Crimea, Seibert said in the statement.