Stop sending arms to Ukraine, Merkel urges Putin

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine", in a telephone call on Friday.

During the conversation, Merkel expressed "concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine", her spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

"In order to establish a ceasefire as quickly as possible, the chancellor asked the Russian president to help calm the situation," the statement said.

Merkel also "expressed hope that the humanitarian convoys reach their destination quickly, to relieve the suffering" in Ukraine.

Summit in Berlin

Kiev and Moscow have been wrangling for days over a Russian convoy that Moscow says is carrying humanitarian aid for besieged rebel-held cities but which Kiev suspects could be a "Trojan horse" to provide military help to the insurgents.

The call comes ahead of a planned summit in Berlin on Sunday that will be attended by foreign ministers from France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany, Seibert said.

It follows a tense day marked by reports of a Russian military incursion into Ukraine, which was immediately denied by Moscow.

Merkel, a fluent Russian speaker, has held regular talks by telephone with Putin, who served as a KGB agent in Dresden during the Cold War, since the Ukraine crisis erupted, urging respect for Ukrainian sovereignty.

Bobbie Booyse 2014-08-16 12:30:43 PM
Funny how no the media doesn't question the legitimacy of the Kiev government - seeing they were not voted into office, but violently overthrew the previous one.
Kabelo Magadlela 2014-08-16 12:37:26 PM
U r lying. USA is the one supply weapons to Ukraine.
Robert Bonsor 2014-08-16 04:00:09 PM
Canada just sent another plane load of weapons to the Ukraine, so the "government" could keep killing people with heavy weapons. One thing you can count on with "western" politicians is hypocrisy, to the point of obvious insanity.
Diana Gill 2014-08-16 05:11:32 PM
Old joke, not funny anymore. And what about the plane, did something which compromises the west and their junta buddies come out that the whole matter is swept under the carpet?
Laszlo Viski 2014-08-16 06:38:53 PM
Who takes Merkel seriously? Anyway, it is really disappointing how dirty he West plays in this whole Ukrainian situation.
dunkie56 2014-08-16 06:56:06 PM
One only has to wonder how Germany would react if Austrians were busy shelling German speakers who just happened to live in Austria bordering Germany.Is it so hard to see the other persons point of view..or maybe they are not interested in seeing Russia's point of view because if they did then they would not have started this whole Ukrainian debacle to start with!or am I somehow imbued with the logic and reasoning that so many others in the Western political leadership seem to lack?
Cho Hyun 2014-08-16 07:07:49 PM
It seems like Russia,China and Israel are working together at the same time to make war to sell weapons around for living at the same time they rob people during the chaotic....These countries they have their habit patterns of killing people even kill their own people and robbing around....IMHO
Brent Van de Stadt 2014-08-17 12:27:07 AM
Putin and his henchman are hell bent on power . It's going to take a lot more than a phone call to tame these thugs . A lot more .
Kabelo Magadlela 2014-08-17 07:58:19 AM
I think you misinformed get your facts straight. Don't watch CNN n come to conclusion.