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Ukraine crisis needs peaceful solution, Putin and Cameron agree

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) welcomes his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the White Room of Number 10 Downing Street in London on April 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO/POOL/OLI SCRAFF

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed in a phone conversation on Wednesday that an end to the crisis in Ukraine can only be reached through peaceful means, the Kremlin said in a statement.

"The leaders of Russia and the United Kingdom agreed that the end of the serious political confrontation can only be reached through peaceful means. They agreed to continue bilateral exchange at several levels," the statement said.

The Kremlin said the phone call was initiated by Cameron and that Putin took the opportunity to underline the "fundamental importance of a swift and unconditional implementation of the April 17 Geneva accord."

That deal between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and United States was intended to ease tensions in Ukraine with a requirement that all armed groups lay down their arms and for a cessation of violence.

But on Wednesday Ukraine's armed forces were on full alert against a possible Russian invasion, as authorities admitted they were helpless to prevent pro- Kremlin insurgents tightening their grip on the increasingly chaotic east of the country.

 

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