German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday against severing ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis but said he must also do his part.However, Merkel said she would never accept the annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March this year.Merkel, a fluent Russian speaker, has held regular talks by telephone with Putin, who served as a KGB agent in Dresden during the Cold War, since the Ukraine crisis erupted, urging respect for Ukrainian sovereignty.
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