David Cameron has spoken to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Francois Hollande about the crisis in Ukraine, Number 10 has revealed.
Ahead of the meeting of EU leaders on Thursday, Downing Street said they all agreed "the international community should speak with one voice and send a clear message to Russia that its actions in Ukraine were completely unacceptable."
They also talked about the importance of "the costs and consequences for the Russian government of continuing to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty."
German chancellor Angela Merkel met the Queen at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
"You've had a very busy day," the Queen said.
"Yes but it's my duty to have busy days," Mrs Merkel replied.
Good meeting with Angela Merkel – discussed challenges for EU, crisis in Ukraine & need for action on climate change http://t.co/h4yZ3TlWwq
Angela Merkel has been speaking at a joint press conference with David Cameron in Westminster:
Merkel: What we are discussing here is "doable" but adds "I am a great champion of freedom of movement"
Merkel: Is immigration into social security possible? It's just as much a headache for us in Germany as it is in Britain
I'm happy to welcome Angela Merkel to my Downing St flat, after her excellent address to Parliament. http://t.co/0LoSuIKI0A
Verdict; she doesn't rub Dave's nose in it, but she doesn't offer an awful lot of help and support either.
Merkel's "don't leave" plea: We need a strong United Kingdom with a strong voice inside the European Union
Tax payers should never again have to foot the bill for banks making mistakes, she says. Popular, for sure, but easier said than done.
We need to reform the political shape of Europe in keeping with the times, she says.
Talking about freedom of movement, she says 'we need to acknowledge mistakes and tackle them'. But no indication as to what that means.
Hint of reform on freedom of movement the only carrot I can see for Cameron so far.
Very generous speech from Merkel. What would have happened to Europe if the UK had not stood up for freedom, sometimes alone, she says.
And she notably seems to blame the Germans for the First World War, as well as the second.
Angela Merkel also repeated Winston Churchill's famous quote: "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."