Germany’s Merkel presses Putin on Ukraine separatists

February 2, 2016 10:52 AM

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BERLIN — The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged President Vladimir Putin to use Russia’s influence with separatists in eastern Ukraine to help secure progress toward a political solution.

Merkel’s office said the two leaders spoke by phone Tuesday at Putin’s request. The call came a day after Merkel met Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin and nearly a year after Germany and France brokered a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

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