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German FM cautious about prospects for Merkel-Hollande Moscow mission

February 06, 2015, 20:37 UTC+3 BERLIN
The aim of the new initiative by the leaders of Germany and France was to achieve a ceasefire "before the situation gets completely out of control", the German top diplomat says
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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BERLIN, February 6. /TASS/. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has given a cautious assessment of whether Franco-German diplomatic efforts will find a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine will prove successful.

"We are working to turn the hope into a chance [to solve the conflict]," Steinmeier said on Friday after meeting his South Korea counterpart Yun Byung-se in Berlin.

The aim of the new initiative by the leaders of Germany and France was to achieve a ceasefire "before the situation gets completely out of control", the diplomat said, noting that the conflict in eastern Ukraine was already "highly dangerous".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande flew together to Kiev on Thursday and then to Moscow the following day for top level talks to make a new proposal aimed at bringing political solution to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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