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Germany's Merkel and Russia's Putin hold call, focus on Geneva talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Tuesday night, focusing on the crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States to be held in Geneva on Thursday.

"While there were differences in the interpretation of current events, preparations for the planned meeting in Geneva...were the focus of the talks," Merkel's office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Angus MacSwan)