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Putin, Ukraine leaders meet at D-Day event

France, June 7 (): Russian and Ukraine leaders met each other and had their first discussions Friday since Russia annexed Crimea. They discussed about the means to close their four-month clash in a short-term encounter during the remembrance services of World War Two D-Day landings in France.

President of France Francois Hollande and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel made the Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet the Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko for 15-minutes before they came for lunch with other dignitaries.

The meeting was planned weeks before by the French representatives to make an effort to break ice in most severe European security disaster since end of Cold War. Later, Putin had a short “informal” chat with the President of United States Barack Obama, White House reported.

Hollande’s officals said Poroshenko and Putin shook hands. They agreed that thorough talks on ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev government forces in eastern Ukraine would start within a few days. Also, they discussed steps like Russian appreciation of the election of Poroshenko and economic relations.

In the photographs, Poroshenko looking earnest and unsmiling as he posed with Merkel and Putin. Officials in the office of Hollande said that the meeting was a serious, normal exchange between the two leaders and this marks cautious progress which Hollande welcomes and particularly this occasion could be described as symbolic for peace.

A Kremlin spokesperson in Moscow said the leaders urged speedy conclusion to bloodshed in the south-eastern Ukraine and to the fighting on both sides. He said there was no other way to resolve situation than by peaceful political ways.

Hollande invited Poroshenko as his guest to Normandy at the last minute. He offered this invitation in order to break the ice between Kiev and Moscow even as the fighting lasts in eastern parts of Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and government forces.

Veterans and world leaders gathered by Normandy beaches under clear blue skies on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings.

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