"The German chancellor emphasized 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, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters.
He said the leaders had expressed concern that violence was still being used in Ukraine every day.
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Merkel said the border between Ukraine and Russia needed to be monitored and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe had a big role to play in that. She said Germany would continue to support the OSCE mission in Ukraine, adding it could play an important role in planned local elections in the regions around Donetsk and Luhansk.