Saturday, August 23, 2014   

Merkel pushes Putin to do more for Ukraine
(06-04 20:05)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing Russian President Vladimir Putin to do more to rein in rebels in Ukraine and is renewing a threat of further sanctions if Moscow doesn't change its behavior.
Merkel told German lawmakers before Wednesday's Group of Seven summit Russia must return from confrontation to cooperation but recent events paint "at best a mixed picture.''
Merkel says Russia is key to deescalating the situation and it's important to establish contact between Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.
The German leader said that Russia failing to prevent fighters and ammunition crossing its border is contributing to destabilization. She said:"If this doesn't stop, we will not shy away from imposing further sanctions.'' --AP   
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