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Obama, Merkel Concerned Over 'Dangerous Escalation' in Ukraine

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:34:22 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine while speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, calling for a bilateral ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia accompanied by "effective" border monitoring.

During the phone call, the two leaders agreed that Russia's sending of a massive aid convoy into Ukraine without permission is a "further provocation and violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Concern was also expressed over the large number of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine and the presence of military personnel in the country, according to a readout.

"They agreed that it is imperative that Russia....de-escalates the situation by removing its military forces from the border region, withdrawing its weapons, vehicles and personnel from the territory of Ukraine," officials said in a statement.


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