Putin and Zelensky spoke on the phone about the settlement in south-eastern Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the Arrangement in Southeast Ukraine on Thursday, said Russian President Spokesman Dmitry Peszkov.

Peszkov said that the conversation was initiated on the initiative of Ukraine.
The parties discussed issues related to the settlement of Southeast Ukraine and the exchange of prisoners, the spokesman said. There was an agreement to continue working together at expert level, he added.
The parties discussed the possibility of continuing relations in the so-called Normandy – Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine format – said Peszkov.
The Russian Russian News Agency noted that this telephone conversation was the first contact between Putin and Zelensky, so far neither telephone nor personally negotiated and exchanged letters.
Earlier in the day, the Russian Head of State stated that Moscow was prepared to negotiate with Ukraine in any format, but that the preparation of the meeting and the formation of the Kiev government were necessary.
“We never got out of any of the proposed formats, so the Norman format was not expanded,” Putin said.
On July 8, Zelensky turned to the Russian President with a proposal to meet in Minsk with the United States, Britain, Germany and France. As he said, “we must discuss who the Crimea is and who is not in the Donetsk Basin”.
According to the head of the Ukrainian head of state, “as a company for discussion”, US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, French Head of State suggests.

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