Putin, Merkel urge restraint amid Ukraine tensions
Contributed by NAMPA / Xinhua.
MOSCOW, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called on the parties to the conflict in southeastern Ukraine to exercise restraint, the Kremlin said.
In a phone conversation, Putin and Merkel voiced support for negotiations in order to fully implement the 2015 Minsk agreements, which are the only legal foundation for a peace settlement.
The leaders expressed concerns over the escalation of tensions in southeastern Ukraine.