Putin, Obama discuss implementation of Poroshenko’s peace plan by phone

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The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, discussed proposals for peace in Ukraine with the US President, Barack Obama, on Monday, the Kremlin said in a statement, after Ukraine’s leader announced a ceasefire in military operations in the east, informing Reuters. US President urged Putin to support peace in Ukraine and said Moscow would face further “costs” if it did not take steps to reduce tensions in the country, the White House said.

“There was an in-depth discussion of various aspects of the acute political crisis in Ukraine and prospects of settlement, including implementation of the peace plan, proposed by the Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko,” the Kremlin press service said.

“Putin made a point that real ceasefire and the beginning of direct talks between the conflicting parties would be of priority importance for normalization in southeastern Ukraine,” it said. The importance of immediate measures to solve humanitarian problems, including emergency aid to civilians, was discussed, as well,” the Kremlin press service said. The telephone talks between Putin and Obama were held in accordance with an earlier reached agreement, it said.

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It was the first time that Putin and Obama had spoken since they met at D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations in Normandy, France on June 6.

Meanwhile, the representatives of Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Russia have begun multilateral talks at the Donetsk regional state administration.

The talks involve the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, a representative of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) chairman-in-office Tagliavini, Ukraine’s second president Kuchma, Ukrainian Choice movement leader, Medvedchuk, DPR Prime Minister Borodai, South-East movement leader, Tsaryov and a representatives of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic.

The Ukrainian President, Petr Poroshenko’s office, said a “trilateral contact group” representing Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was due to meet on Monday to ponder guidelines for implementing Poroshenko’s plan for settling the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“It is expected that Heidi Tagliavini, special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office, and (Russian Ambassador to Ukraine) Mikhail Zurabov will take part in the negotiations in Donetsk. The second Ukrainian president, Leonid Kuchma, will attend the meeting at the request of the head of state,” the president’s office said in a statement.

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