German Chancellor Angela Merkel says one of the most important messages for Russia is that a diplomatic solution is the only solution to ending the Ukraine crisis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that a diplomatic solution was the only way to end the Ukraine crisis. Merkel said at a joint news conference in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama that such an agreement requires all sides to show a willingness to put all their efforts into reaching the solution. Particularly, Merkel pointed to the violation of territorial integrity of Ukraine by Russia, first in Crimea and then in Luhansk and Donetsk. She said her desire for a diplomatic solution was the most important message to send to Russia.