Merkel tells Putin she wants bigger OSCE role in Ukraine

Merkel tells Putin she wants bigger OSCE role in Ukraine

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday that she backed a bigger role in Ukraine for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), her spokesman said.

"The chancellor suggested quickly expanding the OSCE's presence in Ukraine and sending a greater number of observers to the crisis zones, in particular eastern Ukraine," the spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement summarising Merkel and Putin's telephone conversation.

"The Russian president had a positive assessment of this initiative."

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