The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on a secret two-way conversation between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, which allegedly took place in April of this year. The conversation, according to the newspaper, was held at the initiative of official Kiev. However, the Administration of the President of Ukraine LIGA.net the fact of such talks in April denied. “The information spread by the Russian newspaper Kommersant is a lie,” said the AP.
As the newspaper reported, citing “informed sources in Moscow and Kiev”, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko “to continue to communicate on the phone – although at the official level representatives of the two countries exchanged tough accusations.” According to the Russians, the last conversation took place “in the first half of April and was devoted to the situation in the Donbas.” “The conversation lasted about 20 minutes and was held at the initiative of the Ukrainian side,” – said in a note.
As told the interlocutor of the newspaper in Moscow, the conversation allegedly took place in “the respectful and correct way” and the heads of state are periodically “switched to playfully ironic tone”. “The presidents were forced to joke, not to quarrel and not to tell each other sharps,” – said a source in the Russian Federation.
To any specific agreements could not be reached and the only issues on which the two sides “managed move” was “some of the humanitarian aspects”, the newspaper said. When this newspaper allegedly a source in Kiev has told, what “humanitarian” means. The newspaper cites a source “close to the environment of Petro Poroshenko”. “According to him, it was about the exchange of prisoners, the supply in the Donbass food, water and electricity, as well as on the payment of Ukrainian pensions,” it said in a note. The source of Kommersant in Kiev allegedly reported that President Poroshenko has warned Putin: if the occupied territories will not extinguish debts for the electric power, the supply will be discontinued.
“As with previous telephone conversation Putin and Poroshenko, the parties did not disclose the fact of communication of the presidency, not to give the opponents of Poroshenko too much reason to accuse him of “unpatriotic behavior” and dealing with “the leader of the country-an aggressor”, – is told in the note of the newspaper.
On request LIGA.net the AP said that “the only conversation was in April 18.04 in the framework of the Normandy format (four parties – ed.), as communicated in a joint press release the four press services”.
In March of this year LIGA.net already wrote about the fact that the two presidents talk on the phone. Then, reacting to reports in the Russian press that the presidents four times since the beginning of the year spoke on the phone, in the Administration of the President of Ukraine had to admit the fact of such communication. But a telephone conversation allegedly had only two. “During the escalation of the situation in the Donbass, in order to stop the constant shelling of the Town and to restore the energy supply of the city and also to free the hostages, including Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko, President of Ukraine had a phone conversation with President of Russia”, – said on Bank. The AP then claimed that the contacts were held in coordination with the European partners in the Normandy format. But, as the conversations were inconclusive, the individual messages were not responded to up to the question why negotiations were not official messages.
April 18, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande and Putin four in the framework of the Normandy format of talks discussed by telephone the situation in the Donbass.