German chancellor asks Putin to help secure release of foreign military observers in southeastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have reiterated the importance of making the most of the mediation potential of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) all over Ukraine, the Kremlin press service reported on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have reiterated the importance of making the most of the mediation potential of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) all over Ukraine, the Kremlin press service reported on Thursday.

During their telephone conversation, the sides "further discussed the continuing social and political crisis in Ukraine," it said.

"Merkel asked [Putin] to help secure the release of the military observers from a number of European countries, including Germany, who were detained in the southeast of Ukraine," the press service said.

"Putin emphasized that it was imperative today to withdraw all military units from the southeastern regions [of Ukraine], stop the violence and immediately launch a broad national dialogue as part of the constitutional reform process involving all regions and political forces," the press service said.

"Both sides also reiterated the importance of making the most of the OSCE's mediation potential in all parts of Ukraine," it said.

In addition to that, the Russian and German leaders agreed to discuss these matters over the phone once again soon.

Today's telephone conversation took place at Germany's initiative.

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