Saturday, June 7, 2014

Putin and Poroshenko Meet Briefly in Normandy

Merkel, Poroschenko and Putin in Normandy

Putin and President-elect Petro Poroshenko met informally with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in Normandy as a sideline to the D-Day events. 

​​French President Francois Hollande had personally invited Putin to the D-Day commemoration, in recognition of at least 20 million Soviets killed during World War II. Reuters, on Twitter, reported Hollande's office as saying Putin and Poroshenko shook hands.

French officials said that Putin and Poroshenko discussed a possible ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Russian news agencies reported that both leaders called for 'a speedy end to to the bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine and to the military actions of both sides - the Ukrainian armed forces and the supporters of the federalization of Ukraine.'

It is hoped that this informal contact between Putin and Poroshenko might help ease tensions between Russia and Ukraine after Russia's seizure and annexation the Crimea.

President Obama also met with Putin for about 15 minutes. Read a report of that meeting here.

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