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Merkel, Obama urge Moscow to obtain separatist ceasefire

Last Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 01:22

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged President Vladimir Putin to obtain a ceasefire from pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, Merkel`s office said.

Merkel and Obama stressed during three-way telephone talks "the importance of a rapid ceasefire observed by both sides" and said that "Russia must first contribute by ensuring that the separatists in eastern Ukraine uphold the ceasefire," said a statement.

First Published: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 01:22
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