Merkel called for clarification of reports on the presence of Russian troops on the Ukrainian territory in the telephone conversation. Russia has repeatedly denied sending troops or military hardware into Ukraine and called on Kiev to stop the "civil war" raging in the east part of the country, which claimed more than 2,000 lives. Merkel said, the contact group, consisting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Russia and Ukraine, must intensify their efforts to achieve a ceasefire and an effective border security.
Merkel, who called on Russia to do its part, also stressed the great responsibility of Russia for a deescalation and for monitoring their own border. As Seibert said, both sides agreed that the talks on the implementation of the European Union (EU) association agreement, and on the gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine with involvement of the EU should be continued.