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German foreign minister meets with Putin for unscheduled talks on Ukraine crisis

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the media during a joint press conference with his counterpart from Poland Grzegorz Schetyna as part of a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the media during a joint press conference with his counterpart from Poland Grzegorz Schetyna as part of a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The reflections on the right site are from metal coffee cans on the cabinet desk. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The reflections on the right site are from metal coffee cans on the cabinet desk. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, foreground, takes a seat, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov passes him while they come to attend a news conference after their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is shuttling between Kiev and Moscow on Tuesday, urged the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists to respect their cease-fire agreement, which has helped to halt ground combat but failed to stop daily artillery exchanges. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, foreground, takes a seat, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov passes him while they come to attend a news conference after their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is shuttling between Kiev and Moscow on Tuesday, urged the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists to respect their cease-fire agreement, which has helped to halt ground combat but failed to stop daily artillery exchanges. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

Germany's foreign minister met with Vladimir Putin in Moscow for talks on the Ukraine crisis after the Russian president invited him to the Kremlin at the last minute before he headed back to Berlin.

The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Putin for 75 minutes late Tuesday. No details of the talks were available and the Foreign Ministry didn't immediately return calls for comment.

The meeting came after Steinmeier's scheduled talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, in which Steinmeier called for quickly drawing a division line between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine to save a floundering peace deal.

At the G-20 summit in Australia earlier this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel squared off with Putin over Ukraine, accusing him of undermining peace across Europe.