Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

December 17, 2014 8:24 AM

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MOSCOW: Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phone call early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

The telephone conversation came after the White House confirmed that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Russia.

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