Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel spoke by telephone and voiced satisfaction that an
agreement had been reached to send monitors from the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to
Ukraine, the Kremlin said.
"The situation that has arisen after Crimea's reunification
with the Russian Federation was discussed," Putin's press
service said. "As for the crisis in Ukraine, both sides
expressed satisfaction in connection with the agreement on a
mandate for an OSCE monitoring mission."
Russia agreed on Friday with the 56 other members of the OSCE
to send a six-month monitoring mission to Ukraine, but said
it had no mandate in Crimea, which Moscow annexed after
voters on the Black Sea peninsula chose to join Russia in a
referendum dismissed by Western states as a sham.
The German government rejected Russia's assertion that the
exclusion of Crimea from the mission to Ukraine was a tacit
admission by the trans-Atlantic security group that the
peninsula now belonged to Russia.