The foreign ministers of France and Germany have expressed concerns about the political tensions that are impeding reform efforts in Ukraine. Steinmeier and Ayrault, on a visit to Kiev, also talked about the persisting conflict in eastern Ukraine.
A new book on German defense options suggests Berlin's threat perception is changing due to terrorism fears and Russian aggression. Author Paul Taylor says defense investments and attitudes must be adjusted accordingly.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has demanded Russia end support of rebels in eastern Ukraine as Germany and France try to mediate a resolution. The rebels have claimed they want to establish a "Little Russia."
Germany and Russia have announced their support for a proposed new ceasefire deal in east Ukraine. The announcement follows a four-way phone call with the French and Ukrainian presidents.
In a DW interview, Kurt Volker pledges that Washington will not strike a separate deal with Moscow over the heads of Europeans and Ukrainians - but says it is good that all agree the current situation must improve.
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