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The German chancellor says that she and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to do all they can to end the violence in Ukraine.

Angela Merkel, speaking to reporters during a visit to Paris on Wednesday, said she spoke by telephone with Putin, and “we agreed to continue to do everything so there is no further escalation of violence in Ukraine.”

“We have decided to maintain very close contacts with Russia,” she said.

Merkel said she informed Putin of the decision to urgently send German, French and Polish foreign ministers to Ukraine.

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