Ukraine discussed on G20: Putin, Merkel meet face-to-face on G20 sidelines

11:50 Sep. 5, 2016

Putin, Merkel meet face-to-face on G20 sidelines

Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold talks (TASS via Getty Images)

The two leaders spoke "very concretely" about the conflict in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a face-to-face meeting for nearly two hours late on September 4 on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China, RFE/RL reported on September 5.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the two leaders discussed the Syrian conflict, especially the "catastrophic" humanitarian situation in Aleppo, which is under siege by Syrian government forces.

Seibert said Putin and Merkel also spoke "very concretely" about the conflict in Ukraine and how to implement the Minsk agreement, a cease-fire and peace plan aimed at resolving the war in eastern Ukraine. 

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It was the first meeting between Merkel and Putin in several months. 

A peace deal co-signed by France and Germany in February 2015 in Minsk was meant to end the fighting. But the more than two-year-old war has now killed over 9,500 people as the sides trade blame for violating the truce.

Read also German FM hopes new regulation will help to keep Ukraine's fragile ceasefire

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