Merkel sees no signs of de-escalation of Ukrainian conflict

Merkel sees no signs of de-escalation of Ukrainian conflict
# 18 July 2014 20:21 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said that she saw no signs of de-escalation of the ongoing Ukrainian conflict until now, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

During her annual summer press conference, Merkel said peace could only be achieved when "separatists" and government of Ukraine speak to each other.

According to Merkel, a new step was taken concerning the quality of sanctions against Russia at the recent European Council meeting in Brussels.

She also appealed to Russia and the Russian leadership to contribute to a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine.

Merkel stressed there was no alternative to ease the conflict other than a mutual ceasefire in Ukraine.

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