Merkel Backs Ukraine Diplomacy, Puts Onus on Russia

March 9, 2015 10:49 AM

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(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she still hopes for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis while underlining that the onus is on Russia due to its seizure of Ukrainian territory.

“Through the annexation of Crimea in violation of international law and the support of the separatists in the east of Ukraine, Russia violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Merkel said Monday in a speech in Tokyo.

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