Putin, Merkel 'Concerned' Over East Ukraine Tensions – Kremlin

Putin, Merkel 'Concerned' Over East Ukraine Tensions – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "expressed concern" over a spike in tensions in east Ukraine and discussed jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny in a phone call on Thursday, the Kremlin said, The Moscow Times reports.

"The President of Russia and the Chancellor of Germany expressed concern over the escalation of tensions in the southeast of Ukraine," the Kremlin said in a statement.

"Vladimir Putin drew attention to the provocative actions of Kiev, which has recently been purposefully exacerbating the situation on the frontline," it added.

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