German chancellor discusses Ukraine with US, Russia presidents
Thursday, February 20, 2014
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed on Thursday by phone the latest developments in Ukraine with US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a written statement that Merkel informed Obama and Putin about the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland’s meetings with the government and opposition parties in Kiev.
“The chancellor and the presidents have reached an agreement to call for a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine as quickly as possible and for an end to the bloodbath,” said the spokesperson.
Merkel spoke earlier today with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and called for an end to the violence.
EU envoys return from 2nd round of talks with Ukrainian President
Three EU envoys met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Thursday for a second round of talks after discussing the ongoing crisis with opposition leaders.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France’s Laurent Fabius and Poland’s Radoslaw Sikorski had earlier in the day met with Yanukovych and the opposition.
The three EU envoys discussed with Yanukovych a roadmap to end the violence in the country, according to tweets from Polish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski.
Dozens were killed on Thursday in violent clashes, according to a statement from Ukraine's Health Ministry.
Mass anti-government protests began in November when President Yanukovych refused to sign a free trade agreement with the European Union amid pressure from Russia.
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