Putin again holds phone talks with Hollande and Merkel
Russian President Vladimir Putin again held a telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Ukraine Today siting TASS news agency.
"The talks focused on the Ukrainian crisis," French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said, Ukraine Today reports.
"The meeting of the Council of Ministers was shortened because President Hollande needed to hold the phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel," said Le Foll.
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Putin drew attention to "provocative actions of Ukrainian troops in the south-east of the country."
"In this regard, Russia's president urged his counterparts to more actively influence the Ukrainian party," the Kremlin press-service reported.