Merkel Tells Putin Moscow Has Duty to Temper Separatists in Ukraine

Merkel Tells Putin Moscow Has Duty to Temper Separatists in Ukraine

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Wednesday that Moscow had a duty to temper pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, a spokesman for the German government said.

“The German chancellor emphasised the responsibility Russia has to exert a moderating influence on pro-Russian separatists. She said the negotiated ceasefire needs to finally be respected in its entirety,” Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

He said the leaders had expressed concern that violence was still being used in Ukraine every day.

The Kremlin said in a statement that during the call, initiated by the German side, the two leaders talked about the importance of withdrawal of heavy weapons by both fighting sides.

“Vladimir Putin stressed the need to prevent further attacks on civilian objects by Ukrainian subdivisions in the southeast of Ukraine,” the Kremlin said in its statement.

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