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Putin, Merkel Meet in France, Discuss Disputes Over Ukrainian Crisis

© RIA Novosti . Aleksey Nikolskyi / Go to the photo bankPresident Vladimir Putin meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed with German chancellor Angela Merkel Friday in Deauville the current situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin spokesman said.

DEAUVILLE, June 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed with German chancellor Angela Merkel Friday in Deauville the current situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin spokesman said.

“Putin and Merkel have completely focused on Ukrainian affairs, as well as on the quest for Ukrainian settlement,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Peskov specified that the leaders had discussed the differences in the approaches of Moscow and Berlin over Ukraine.

The two met on the sidelines of the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, which are underway in France.

On Thursday, Russian president already held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande. The talks were also focused on the current standoff in crisis-hit Ukraine.

The meetings in France mark President Putin’s first direct contact with his western colleagues following a flare-up between Russia and the West over the situation in Ukraine.

According to Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, the number of leaders announcing their intention to meet Putin is constantly growing.

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