Putin, Obama In “Substantial” Discussion

Must Read

Coronavirus: Buhari Approves Recruitment Of 774,000 Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774, 000 Nigerians on a Special Public Works programme in the...

COVID-19: Chinese Doctors Will Be Quarantined On Arrival – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has revealed their resolve on how the Chinese doctors and nurses...

Buhari Orders Distribution Of 150 Trucks Of Rice To Nigerians

Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning says President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered distribution of 150 trucks of...

PDP Slams FG Over Fake N500bn Social Intervention Fund

The Peoples Democratic Party has described the All Progressive Congress-led government N500 billion social intervention fund to cushion the...

385 Americans Evacuated In Nigeria Over COVID-19

The United States of America has evacuated 385 nationals from Nigeria over the Coronavirus pandemic.The United States becomes the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that his meetings with Western leaders in France this week were positive and described talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama as “substantial”.

“I think the exchange of views was very positive,” Putin said in remarks broadcast by Russian television from France, where he attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day alongside US, British, French and German leaders.

He added that he spoke on two occasions with Obama, “in a rather substantial manner”.

Putin was also positive about Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko.

“I cannot but welcome the position of Poroshenko on the necessity to end the bloodletting immediately in the east of Ukraine,” he said.

“I cannot say for sure how that can be implemented in practical terms, but overall it seemed to be to be the right approach,” he said.

“He has a plan, which — it’s probably better to ask him. He explained it quickly to me,” he added.

“Ukraine must demonstrate its good will. The repressive operation must be stopped.

“I hope that will happen, and if that happens, the conditions would be there for the development of our relations in other areas, including economic.”

Putin in particular raised the issue of Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine, saying that the two parties were close to a deal.

“No, I did not discuss gas prices with Poroshenko, but I know that Gazprom and its Ukrainian counterpart are close to a definitive deal,” he said.

“We do not exclude making a gesture to the Ukrainians, by lending them some support in the case that they repay their debt,” he said.

Ukraine’s third “gas war” with Russia in less than a decade erupted when Moscow nearly doubled the price it charges its neighbour for the fuel.

Kiev accused Moscow of “economic aggression” and refused to cover a bill that Russia puts at $5.17 billion (3.79 billion euros).

Russian gas transiting through Ukraine supplies about 15 percent of European needs.

- Advertisement -


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -