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Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to Chancellor Merkel to discuss Ukraine following the visit of Swiss President Burkhalter to Moscow.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister called Chancellor Merkel this afternoon to discuss the latest situation in Ukraine, following the visit of Swiss President Didier Burkhalter to Moscow yesterday.
They welcomed President Burkhalter’s efforts, as OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Chairman-in-office, to find ways to reduce tensions in Ukraine and to ensure the full participation of all areas of the country in the elections that will take place later this month. They noted President Putin’s remarks welcoming President Burkhalter’s initiative, and both agreed that his comments should be judged by de-escalation on the ground in Eastern Ukraine.
They agreed that it is vital that all Ukrainians are able to express their choice for President in elections on 25 May and that the international community should support the Ukrainian government in their efforts to deliver safe and secure elections. Democratic elections are the best way for people across Ukraine to determine the future of their country.
Read the latest updates on the government’s response to the situation in Ukraine.