Peace process progressing in Eastern Ukraine: Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow to commemorate WWII Soviet Soldiers and compromise on bilateral relations.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Merkel arrived in Moscow on Sunday to pay tribute to the Soviet Soldiers killed in WWII, and for Russia and Germany to agree on diplomatic solutions to ease tensions over Ukraine.

The German chancellor skipped Russia’s main festivities known as 'Victory Day' on Saturday along with several other western country leaders.

After holding talks both Merkel and Putin spoke at a press conference.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said despite many difficulties the peace process in eastern Ukraine is progressing.

“With all the problems in east Ukraine, it has nevertheless become quieter,” said Putin.

However, Merkel responded by saying “We still do not have a ceasefire.”

Russia is currently being boycotted by many western country leaders over the annexation of Crimea and the support given to the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Merkel laid a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, as an act of compromise.

After the wreath-laying ceremony Merkel said “It’s necessary for us to work, to cooperate including over complicated situations--the way the situation is now--and try to find diplomatic solutions.”

“Victory Day,” is the anniversary that commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, ending six years of war in Europe which killed an estimated 50 million people.

500,000 people marched at the festive parade through Moscow with the portraits of relatives who participated in the war.

TRTWorld and agencies