Russian President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman on Friday accused some leaders of refusing to accept "reality" in Ukraine, after key talks between the Kremlin strongman and his Ukrainian counterpart alongside European leaders.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he was "really positive" on the prospects for a solution to the Ukraine conflict after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have major differences over the origin and causes of the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin said following talks between the two leaders.
Warning that Islamic State in Iraq and Syria posed a major threat to global security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called upon the nations around the world to join the fight against the militant group.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, stressed Moscow`s "responsibility" to act as a moderating influence over the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Angela Merkel was awarded the 2014 Seoul Peace Prize Wednesday for acknowledging Germany`s wartime crimes and voicing the sort of contrition South Korea has repeatedly accused Japanese leaders of avoiding.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the importance of maintaining the ceasefire in Ukraine in a phone conversation, the Kremlin said in a statement on Monday.
Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.
The European Union should go ahead with the announcement of new economic sanctions against Russia, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, adding that they could always be suspended at a later date if there was substantial progress towards a peace plan for Ukraine.
Ukraine on Thursday raised hopes of a ceasefire with pro-Moscow rebels during a NATO summit where Britain and the United States urged the international community to stand up to Russia and counter the threat from Islamic State.
NATO leaders are expected to announce a raft of fresh sanctions against Russia Friday over its actions in Ukraine, although hopes remain that a ceasefire can be forged at peace talks in Minsk on the same day.
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have warned that the presence of Russian military personnel and its shelling in Ukraine`s territory was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in the region.