The German Cabinet spoke about the details of the telephone conversations between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“The subject of the conversation, among other things, was the increased military presence of Russia around the East of Ukraine,” said the representative of the FRG government Ulrike Demmer, reports TASS.
“The Chancellor demanded that this reinforcement be abandoned in order to achieve de-escalation,” Demmer said.
On the eve of the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the grouping of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation near the borders of Ukraine does not threaten anyone and will stay there as long as it is recognized as expedient by the country’s leadership.
We will remind, earlier today, Merkel and Putin held a telephone conversation, during which they discussed the situation with opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Syria, Libya, the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the conflict in Donbass. The Kremlin’s website reported that Putin pointed out to Merkel the provocative actions of Kiev, which has recently “purposefully exacerbated the situation” on the contact line in Donbass. He emphasized the need for Kiev to strictly implement the previously reached agreements, primarily on establishing a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk and legalizing the special status of Donbass, the transcript said.
CIT previously reported that the concentration of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine is the highest since 2015. The European Parliament called on Moscow to withdraw the military from the neighboring country, in the east of which the armed conflict between the self-proclaimed republics and the central Ukrainian government has not abated since 2014.