German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen attend a news conference after talks at the Chancellery in Berlin July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Germany's Angela Merkel warned Moscow ahead of talks on Ukraine on Wednesday that economic sanctions remained an option unless it backed peace efforts, as Ukrainian government forces pressed on with an offensive against pro-Russian rebels.The Ukrainian, Russian, German and French foreign ministers went into the Berlin meeting at 4.30 p.m. (1430 GMT) to discuss restoring a 10-day ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, which the chancellor said had prompted "no significant reaction" from the separatists.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov backed the idea of the meeting with France's Laurent Fabius and Ukraine's Pavlo Klimkin during a phone conversation with Steinmeier late on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.Poroshenko, who accuses Russia of fanning the conflict and allowing fighters and equipment to cross the border, turned his back on another renewal of a unilateral ceasefire after phone talks with Putin, Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.The United States defended Poroshenko on Tuesday.
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