DW: Merkel, Hollande and Putin talk Ukraine clashes
The leaders of France and Germany urged Russian President Putin to help calm the tensions in Ukraine, during in a joint phone call. The three are set to discuss the latest spike in violence at a G20 summit in China.
France's Francois Hollande warned against "an escalation of violence" in Ukraine, his office said on Tuesday, after a phone call between Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.
Hollande urged all sides to stick to the Minsk peace deal, and stressed that "there was no alternative to a peaceful solution" his officials said.
Both him and the German leader Merkel urged Putin to do what he could to calm the situation down, a Berlin spokesman told reporters.
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