For the first time, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj spoke in person. According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the two politicians also addressed the conflict in a telephone conversation Ukraine,
According to a spokesman for the Russian government Putin and Selenskyj the situation at Donbas in the east of Ukraine, thus since 2014 war prevails. It had gone to the question of a settlement of the area. The exchange of prisoners was also discussed.
The interlocutors should have agreed to continue the contact. The possibility of an encounter in the so-called Normandy format – with the participation of Germany and France – is being considered.
A few days ago, Ukrainian President Selenskyj published a video message in which he asked the Russian head of state to speak in Minsk about the situation in Ukraine: "I would like to appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, we have to talk," it said the video. For the interview, Selenskyj also had the participation of US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Teresa May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President
Emmanuel Macron proposed. Also for the telephone call the initiative had emanated from Ukraine, communicated the Russian spokesman.
On July 21, a new parliament will be elected in Ukraine. The outcome of the election should decide whether or not Selenskyj can continue the pro-European orientation of his policy. He has been in office since May.