Kremlin denied that there was an agreement reached between presidents Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin of Russia on a “permanent ceasefire” as “Russia is not party to the Ukraine conflict”.
Poroshenko’s press service said that an agreement was reached over the phone on a “permanent” ceasefire in Ukraine’s east, but made no details of the agreement available.
Poroshenko spoke to Putin on the phone on September 3, according to a statement on the president’s website. “As a result of this conversation, an agreement was reached on a permanent ceasefire in Donbas. An agreement was reached about mutual vision of steps that will promote peace,” the press statement said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier in the day that Putin and Poroshenko in a recent conversation discovered that they “largely share views” on peace solutions in Ukraine’s east. He said, however, the President Vladimir Putin did not agree to a ceasefire because Russia is not a party in Ukraine’s conflict, BBC reported.
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(Poroshenko meeting with Putin in France in June 2014. Photo: kremlin.ru)