MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy held their first telephone conversation on Thursday and discussed settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the return of prisoners, the Kremlin said.
Zelenskiy, a former comic actor with no previous political experience, won Ukraine’s presidential election in April and he has declared the settlement of the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev’s forces one of his priorities.
The Kremlin said the phone call between Putin and Zelenskiy had been initiated by the Ukrainian side.
The two men discussed the possibility of continuing contacts on the issue in the ‘Normandy’ format, which involves the participation of France and Germany, the Kremlin statement said.
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WNU Editor: Nothing much was accomplished from this phone call. It was their first phone call, and both realize that they need to get to know each other before proceeding further.
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