President Putin calls emergency meeting with security council to discuss southeast Ukraine events

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called an emergency meeting with the permanent members of Russia’s Security Council late on Thursday, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “The agenda for the session was dominated by the situation in the southeast of Ukraine,” Peskov said.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, presidential chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov, Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service director Mikhail Fradkov, the Security Council’s deputy secretary Rashid Nurgaliyev, and Security Council permanent member Boris Gryzlov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday evening held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, said the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. According to him, “along with a discussion of current issues in Russian-Ukrainian relations, Putin stressed the importance of the ceasefire in the conflict zones of the south-east Ukraine in order to achieve an effective solution of the conflict.”

“President of Ukraine outlined the key positions and schedule for implementing the peace plan of the situation in the east of the state. Poroshenko noted the need for the release of hostages and to establish effective control regime on the Ukrainian-Russian border,” said the press service of the President of Ukraine.

Ukrainian head of state stressed that he counts on Russia to support his peace plan along with the ceasefire. This is the second for the current week telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. The first was held last Tuesday, June 17.

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