Germany open to 4-way Ukraine summit if there's hope of making progress



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BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's open to holding a new summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France but that there would have to be hope of progress for it to make sense.

France and Russia issued statements talking of a possible summit with Ukraine's leader to discuss the conflict in the country's east after Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Saturday.

Germany didn't immediately mention that possibility.

Merkel said Monday the next step will be another phone call among the leaders, and the countries' foreign ministers may then meet.

She said a summit also is a possibility, adding: "one has to have hope of moving a step forward, so it must be well-prepared. But in principle all sides are open to this."

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