The German chancellor's office said in a statement that both
leaders viewed European Union and U.S. sanctions against people
implicated in the annexation of Crimea as a consequence of
Russia's actions, but they both remained open to dialogue.
Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian
President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Tuesday making
Crimea part of Russia again but said he did not plan to seize
any other regions of Ukraine.
(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson;
editing by Stephen Brown)
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