Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande didn't shake hands with Putin - Reuters

The leaders of Germany and France came to Moscow to discuss a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande attend a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis at the Kremlin in Moscow. The French and German leaders had held similar late talks the night before with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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In a sign of the tense atmosphere, Merkel and Hollande had gone straight into the Kremlin for the talks without the usual diplomatic niceties of a welcoming handshake for the cameras.

The West accuses Russia of backing an advance in recent weeks by rebels fighting for territory Putin has called "Novorossia", which scuppered the ceasefire agreed last September, reviving a conflict that has killed more than 5,000 people.

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