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Leaders discuss possible new Ukraine summit, France says

Updated at: 08/29/2015 12:21 PM
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Russia appears to be ignoring the U.S. and its allies request to stay out of the Ukraine.
Russia appears to be ignoring the U.S. and its allies request to stay out of the Ukraine.
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(AP) BERLIN - BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of France, Germany and Russia have spoken by phone and are exploring the possibility of a summit with Ukraine's president about the conflict in the country's east.

French President Francois Hollande's office said he, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Saturday that a summit in the coming weeks "could prove useful." The leaders welcomed new efforts toward an effective cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

The warring sides have called for a cease-fire Sept. 1.

Merkel and Hollande have held several four-way conversations with Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The German government said the three leaders speaking Saturday underlined their readiness to keep working in that format, but didn't mention a summit. Kremlin said "preparations for a new meeting at the highest level" were discussed.

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