Merkel, Putin, Poroshenko agree steps on ceasefire

2015-02-17 10:13
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Odd Andersen, AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Odd Andersen, AFP)

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Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on concrete steps with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine to allow the OSCE to observe the situation in eastern Ukraine given the fragility of the agreed ceasefire, a German government spokesperson said on Tuesday after the three leaders held a conference call.

"The German Chancellor and Ukrainian President called on the Russian President to exercise his influence on the separatists to enforce the ceasefire," said German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert in a statement.

"Further, the withdrawal of heavy weapons should be started on Tuesday, as agreed in Minsk," he added.

Read more on:    osce  |  angela merkel  |  vladimir putin  |  germany  |  russia  |  ukraine  |  security

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