NEW YORK (Sputnik) – According to the official, the Monday meeting in New York was "focused" and "business-like back and forth." Obama and Putin spent the first half of the 90-minute talks discussing the situation in Ukraine, the official said.
"With respect to Ukraine, the [US] president reiterated our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukraine government," the official said, adding that "Mr. Obama also noted positive opportunity to implement the Minks accord in the next few months.”
In February, the Normandy Four group, comprising Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, created to secure a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine worked out a ceasefire deal in Minsk, Belarus, signed by Kiev and the Donbass militias.
The Minsk deal, deadline of which was agreed as the end of 2015, stipulated a truce, prisoner swaps and constitutional changes, among other points, a number of which have not yet been fulfilled.