Presidential administration denied Russian media claims about secret conversation of Poroshenko and Putin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Administration says that the last conversation between Ukrainian and Russian president was announced
08:54, 29 April 2017

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Russian Kommersant agency informed that Russian and Ukrainian presidents, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, continue talking over the phone — the last conversation allegedly took place in the first half of April. The according information was published on Friday night referring to the newspaper’s sources. At the same time, Ukrainian presidential administration called the data published by the agency a fake, according to Ukrayinska Pravda.

"The only conversation in April took place on April 18 in the framework of Normandy format, it was announced in the joint press release of the four press services," administration said.

According to Kommersant interlocutor in Moscow, conversation was allegedly held in "respectful and proper manner", while heads of states occasionally switched to humorous and ironical tone.

"Presidents had to joke in order not to quarrel and tell each other harsh words," source explained.

According to the agency, Donbas issue was raised during the conversation, but sides did not manage to reach any specific agreements. Newspaper noted that presidents agreed not to reveal the fact of this talk lest Poroshenko's opponents should use the occasion to blame Ukrainian head of state in unpatriotic behaviour and negotiations with the leader of country-aggressor.

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