MOSCOW

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Ukrainian settlement and the fight against coronavirus pandemic during a telephone talk Wednesday.

The two leaders stressed the necessity of international efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 with an active role for the World Health Organization, according to the Kremlin.

The novel virus has spread to 185 countries and regions since emerging in China last December.

More than 2.6 million infections have been reported worldwide, with the death toll nearing 180,000, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Turning to Ukrainian settlement, Putin and Merkel

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