Obama and Merkel ready to bilateral negotiations between Moscow and Kiev

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel think that initiation of direct talks between Kiev and Moscow is important for de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine. The White House informs of their yet other phone conversation.

“The two leaders expressed serious concern about the violation of Russia's sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and came to an agreement that de-escalation is required, including through the deployment of international observers as well as by initiating direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine,” quotes the statement the ITAR- TASS news agency.

Obama and Merkel also approve “continuing support to the Government of Ukraine”, which, according to the White House, “trying to stabilise the economy and preparing for elections in May”.

On Tuesday, March 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasised that he considers the Kiev events as “unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power”, while answering journalist questions in his residence in Novo-Ogarevo. Putin still considers Yanukovych as the legitimate President of Ukraine, because there had been no legitimate procedure for his removal.

Referring to a sharp reaction of the West to Russia's position, Putin said that Russia's actions are based on international law and bilateral commitments.

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