Putin Urges Ukraine's Zelensky To Stick To Peace Plan
Faizan Hashmi 11 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 09:55 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to stick to peace agreements to de-escalate the five-year conflict between Kiev forces and Moscow-backed separatists, the Kremlin said in a blunt statement on Friday
Moscow, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to stick to peace agreements to de-escalate the five-year conflict between Kiev forces and Moscow-backed separatists, the Kremlin said in a blunt statement on Friday.
Putin and Zelensky discussed the settlement of the conflict, the Kremlin said, adding that Putin stressed the importance of the "complete and unconditional implementation" of Western-brokered peace agreements.
The 2015 deal calls for the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the restoration of Kiev's control over its borders, wider autonomy for separatist-held regions of Donetsk and Lugansk and the holding of local elections.
But Ukraine's newly-appointed chief of Zelensky's staff, Andriy Yermak, this week cast doubt on the possibility of holding elections in eastern Ukraine in the presence of "illegal armed" groups and without Kiev controlling the borders in the east.
Kiev for its part said Friday the talks with Putin focussed on preparations for a new summit, adding the two leaders agreed to ramp up the work of negotiators to implement the existing agreements.
- Release of prisoners - "Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin paid special attention to the process of releasing Ukrainian citizens being held" in Russia, Crimea and Ukraine's separatist-controlled regions, Kiev added.
The Kremlin announced this week it had appointed a new pointman for Ukraine who is seen as a less divisive figure than his predecessor.
The move could herald a new phase in the talks, a French presidential official has said.