Merkel, Obama condemn 'unacceptable blows' to Ukraine
Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama agreed in a phone call Tuesday that Ukraine's territorial integrity had suffered "unacceptable blows", a German government spokesman said.
"The one-sided declaration of Crimea's independence and the absorption into the Russian Federation that started today are unacceptable blows against the territorial integrity of Ukraine," the spokesman said.
Merkel and Obama agreed that the "so-called" referendum on secession held in Crimea on Sunday breached Ukraine's constitution and international law, Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
The two leaders also view targeted measures levelled by the US and EU in the stand-off with Moscow over Ukraine as "logical".
"They emphasise, at the same time, their willingness to pursue the path of political dialogue and communication," he said, adding that the two had agreed on a "closely coordinated approach".
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