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Merkel says Ukraine conflict can't be solved by military

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 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the conflict between Russia and Ukraine cannot be solved by "military means" and she is hopeful it will be solved through diplomacy.

   Merkel made the remark in a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper after meeting with U.S. President Barak Obama earlier Monday.

   Obama has been considering sending anti-tank weapons and other defensive arms to Ukraine, but has said no decision has been made. Merkel staunchly opposes arming Ukraine's beleaguered military.

   Her meetings in Washington and Ottawa followed German and French-led talks last week with Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The parties will meet again Wednesday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

   Harper says he would like to see Russian President Vladimir Putin demonstrate the same dedication to a diplomatic solution.

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