Russia's responsibility to stabilise Ukraine - Merkel

2014-06-07 05:15
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Normandy Barriere hotel in Deauville. (Yuri Kadobnov, AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Normandy Barriere hotel in Deauville. (Yuri Kadobnov, AFP)

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Deauville - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to "live up to its responsibility" to ease the crisis in Ukraine as she held talks with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of D-Day ceremonies Friday.

"The chancellor expressed her conviction that, the time must now be used, after the internationally recognised presidential election, to stabilise the situation, especially in Eastern Ukraine. Russia must live up to its significant responsibility in this matter," Merkel said, according to her spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

Merkel and Putin held talks lasting around an hour at a hotel in northern France as world leaders gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day that this year has taken place against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said that the two leaders spent their entire talks "searching for a solution to the Ukraine crisis".

"The conversation was essentially about finding solutions and compromises, not on differences of opinion," Peskov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
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