Merkel demanded an end to the build-up of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine

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Merkel demanded an end to the build-up of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine

This demand was voiced in a telephone conversation between the German Chancellor and Vladimir Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin immediately stop the buildup of military forces in the territories around eastern Ukraine. This demand, voiced during a telephone conversation, is reported in a statement by the German government released on Thursday.

In addition, Merkel raised the issue of Alexei Navalny, who is currently in custody and requires access to independent civilian health care.

“Among other issues, the conversation was devoted to the strengthening of the Russian military presence in (territories) that surrounds eastern Ukraine. The Chancellor demanded that the buildup of military force be stopped immediately in order to de-escalate the situation, ”the document says.

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