The last time the President of Russia Vladimir Putin spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko before the sabotage in the Crimea. This told the press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, reports .
“Precisely I will not tell you. Of course, this was before the sabotage in the Crimea, and you probably recall that the President of sabotage in the Crimea, in their statements mentioned the communication with the President of Ukraine”, — said Peskov in a briefing.
On 10 August, Russian authorities said on prevention in the Crimea the attacks, which, according to Moscow, were prepared by representatives of the main intelligence Directorate of the defense Ministry of Ukraine. After that, Putin said about the transition of Kyiv to practice “terror.” Ukrainian authorities denied the development of any sabotage on the Peninsula.
The current communication between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia, Peskov described as “minimal.” The press Secretary noted that to conduct a new meeting in “channel format” should be done “at expert level”, Recalling that this was said by Putin himself. “Yet it is a necessary distance we passed,” stated Sands.
The Russian President last spoke about his contacts with the Ukrainian leader on 5 September, during a conversation with journalists at the summit of “twenty” in Hangzhou. Putin then noted that have not communicated with Poroshenko, but in his opinion, the “Norman format” is still needed to resolve the situation in Ukraine. In addition, these meetings should lead to the improvement of the situation and not be held just for the talks, said the head of state.
“I said to the Federal Chancellor [of Germany Angela Mergel], and the President of France [Francois Hollande] that the question is not whether to meet or not to meet, the question is that these meetings led to some positive movement forward,” Putin said. — It is meaningless just to report the very fact of meeting.”
According to the head of state, he had the impression that meetings for the sake of meeting “no one wants may be in addition to the Poroshenko”. “I don’t know. I have been not talking”, — said Putin. He stressed that Russia intends to support the “Normandy format”. “Where to go, probably have to communicate [with the President],” — concluded the President.
French President Francois Hollande this week said that the talks in the Normandy format could be held in the coming weeks. Initially it was assumed that such meeting may take place at the G20 summit, however, after the arrest of saboteurs in the Crimea, Putin said he considers it pointless.