STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Obama and Merkel Urge New Ukraine Peace Talks

President Barack Obama has consulted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about how to get peace talks in Ukraine back on track.

Published: 04th July 2014 08:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2014 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

Angela Merkel and Barack Obama1AP
By AP

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has consulted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about how to get peace talks in Ukraine back on track.

Merkel and Obama spoke by phone on Thursday about the situation in eastern Ukraine. The White House says they discussed diplomatic efforts to bring about a lasting cease-fire. A previous cease-fire declared unilaterally by Ukraine's president expired after pro-Russia separatists violated it repeatedly.

The White House says the leaders agreed that the U.S. and Europe should levy further costs on Russia if it doesn't de-escalate the situation quickly. They also discussed ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Merkel has been a prime interlocutor with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ukraine crisis. She spoke to Putin Thursday as diplomats urge new peace talks to start no later than Saturday.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp