BONN, Germany Feb 16 German Foreign Minister
Sigmar Gabriel has told Russia to exert its influence on
separatists in eastern Ukraine to withdraw their weapons from
the frontline, German diplomatic sources said after the minister
met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
The sources said on Thursday Gabriel had demanded Russia do
what it can to ensure the implementation of an agreement to
withdraw weapons on the front line in places with heavy
fighting, agreed on Wednesday by the Minsk contact group.
"That is essential to strengthen the ceasefire .. which is
far too fragile," German diplomatic sources said after talks
between Gabriel and Lavrov in Bonn where G20 foreign ministers
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers;
Editing by Joseph Nasr)