Merkel and Putin talk Ukraine in Normandy
UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to "live up to its responsibility" to ease the crisis in Ukraine as she held talks with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of D-Day ceremonies on Friday.
"The chancellor expressed her conviction that, the time must now be used, after the internationally recognized presidential election, to stabilize the situation, especially in Eastern Ukraine. Russia must live up to its significant responsibility in this matter," Merkel said, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.
The two leaders held talks lasting around an hour at a hotel in northern France as world leaders gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day that this year has taken place against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis.