MOSCOW, March 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday, March 31, to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the Transdniestria settlement.
“Following up on today’s call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, [the ministers] continued to discuss ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and possible steps on the part of the international community to facilitate this process,” the Foreign Ministry said.
They also discussed the Transdniestria settlement and stated that it “requires more active political and diplomatic efforts”.
In the telephone conversation with Merkel, Putin stressed the need for constitutional reform in Ukraine in order to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of its people.
He called the chancellor to discuss “various aspects of the situation in Ukraine, including possible international assistance to restoration of stability in the country”, the presidential press service said.