(Adds foreign minister comments in parliament)
BERLIN May 7 Germany is involved in
international efforts to stop an escalation of the crisis in
Ukraine through a follow-up process to last month's Geneva
agreement, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's
government said on Wednesday.
"There are at the moment intense consultations and sensitive
negotiations on which talks can be held where and in which
format," said the spokeswoman.
On April 17, the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the
European Union struck a deal in Geneva that outlined steps to
defuse the crisis, including the disarmament of militants and a
national dialogue on constitutional reform.
Moscow and Kiev have both accused each other of undermining
Speaking in the German Bundestag lower house of parliament
on Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
said it was necessary to describe what steps were needed to
disarm illegal groups and how to clear public buildings.
He said the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the EU would
agree to a second international conference.
"The discussions I have had on it have certainly shown me
that there isn't actually anyone who refuses to have another
Geneva meeting," he said.
"What we need now, before another meeting - a meeting with
more concrete implementation steps - is just for the bar not to
be raised every day," he added.
Asked about Ukraine's use of force to fight pro-Russian
separatists in the eastern part of the country, a German foreign
ministry spokesman said that Ukraine had the right to defend its
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, Annika Breidthardt and
Michelle Martin; Editing by Stephen Brown)