Putin, Merkel agree on importance of thorough international probe into Boeing crash in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the crisis in Ukraine, including in the context of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777's crash in the Donetsk region, in a telephone conversation on Saturday, the Kremlin press service reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the crisis in Ukraine, including in the context of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777's crash in the Donetsk region, in a telephone conversation on Saturday, the Kremlin press service reported.

"Both parties emphasized the importance of a thorough and impartial investigation into all circumstances of the accident. Merkel agreed that it should be conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and involve all parties concerned. The federal chancellor positively took the Russian Federation's willingness to dispatch its representative for taking part in the investigation," it said.

The two leaders "emphasized the need for the soonest possible ending of the combat actions in southeastern Ukraine and the start of peace negotiations," the Kremlin said.

Putin and Merkel agreed that it would be of fundamental importance "to resume the contact group's consultations with representatives of the protest regions and to implement Russia's initiative on the presence of OSCE monitors at two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border."

"It has been agreed to continue contacts," the Kremlin said.

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