Merkel to Putin: Complete Withdrawal of Russian Troops Is Crucial for Solution to the Conflict

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the importance of maintaining the ceasefire in Ukraine in a phone conversation on Monday.

Censor.NET reports about this, citing Reuters.

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A spokesman for the German government, Steffen Seibert, said the two discussed the implementation of agreements made in Minsk on Sept. 5 about the peace plan for eastern Ukraine.

Merkel made clear to Putin that the complete withdrawal of Russian troops and securing the Russian-Ukrainian border were crucial for ensuring a solution to the conflict, Seibert said.

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Merkel welcomed the compromise on free trade struck during trilateral discussions between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, and called for the talks to continue, including on the gas price conflict between Russia and Ukraine, he said.

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