Merkel urges Putin to push for dialogue in Ukraine
BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to push for a "constructive dialogue" to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, her office said.
Ms Merkel held telephone talks with the Russian leader asking him to "push at his end for a constructive dialogue between the opposition and government" in Ukraine, it said in a statement.
"The violence must not return. Ukraine needs to have a working government quickly. All parties must accept their responsibility to stabilise the country and protect the rights of citizens," the statement added.
However the Kremlin, in a carefully worded statement released after the call rejected outside interference in Ukraine's affairs.