Ukrainian crisis: Obama, Merkel insist on "rapid Minsk implementation"

09:41 Jul. 28, 2016

Obama, Merkel insist on "rapid Minsk implementation"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet for talks during the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. (GettyImages Photo)

US President and German Chancellor had phone talks on Ukrainian conflict

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had phone talks on Wednesday, July 27. The leaders discussed a number of issues, namely the recent violent attacks in southern Germany and the situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House Press Secretary office.

Read also: Putin, Merkel and Hollande call for intensification of Minsk peace process

"The President and Chancellor eiterated the urgent importance of durably ending the violence in eastern Ukraine and of full and rapid implementation of the Minsk agreement", the readout of Obama's call with Merkel said.

The phone talks arrived amid largely fruitless diplomacy, since neither the Minsk group nor the Normandy Four have been able to reach consensus on key issues. The recent negotiations on the shaky ceasefire deal and prisoner exchange didn't bring any progress.

Watch also: Life in Donbas Warzone: Two years in basement and shell as souvenir

Ukraine and the West insist, Russia must fully withdraw its forces from the Donbas region, before local elections can be held in the separatist-controlled areas.

The Kremlin, in turn, reiterates the necessity of the "direct dialogue" between Kyiv and the militant leaders. 

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