Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, expressed Moscow`s "serious concern" over Kiev`s decision to put its army on alert and declare a state of emergency in several regions of the country including Kremlin, said today in a statement.
According to the official note, Putin told Merkel that the Ukrainian government has "full responsibility" for the eruption of "another conflict situation" in the region and the risks that may entail.
During the conversation, the Russian leader also assessed "the provocative actions" of Kiev last Sunday near the Kerch Strait in the Crimea, and noted that Ukrainian vessels incurred a "gross violation of international law."
"Vladimir Putin also believed Berlin is capable of influencing the Ukrainian authorities in order to dissuade them from taking further such steps in the future," the document said. Putin added that representatives of the Russian Coast Guard are willing to "offer additional explanations" on the development of events in the Kerch Strait area on Sunday.
For its part, the German chancellor stressed “the need for detente and dialogue" between Moscow and Kiev, said the spokesman of the German Executive, Steffen Seibert. "Both discussed the option of an analysis of the incident with the participation of Russian and Ukrainian experts in border management," the spokesman said in a statement, adding that in this regard, Merkel and Putin agreed to remain in "close contact."
The chancellor had also spoken to the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, to whom she expressed her "concern" over the tension unleashed after Sunday`s incident in the Kerch Strait, as well as the need to "relax" the situation created in the conflict. between Kiev and Moscow, according to the statement issued by Seibert.
Merkel also expressed her willingness to contribute to that detente and both leaders agreed on this. Hours earlier to this event, at an ordinary press conference, the German government had called for urgent "containment" and "dialogue" with Russia and Ukraine.
Seibert pointed out in reference to Russia that there is no "justification" for the use of "military violence" and demanded that Moscow release the captured Ukrainian military ships and the detained sailors.