04:18 GMT01 March 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 36

    Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed on Friday that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements on Ukraine and expressed hope that Russia and the European Union would eventually restore damaged relations.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Putin held talks with Slovenia President Borut Pahor in Moscow earlier in the day.

    "I informed Mr President [Pahor] about the recent developments and the escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine, stressing the absence of alternatives to the implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for resolving the conflict," Putin said at a joint news conference with Pahor after talks.

    "We also discussed the current state of Russia-EU relations, and I hope they will be gradually restored," Putin added.

    Earlier, Putin explained three reasons behind the escalation in eastern Ukraine.

    The situation in southeastern Ukraine has escalated over the past few weeks, in particular near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, where clashes between Kiev forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic militia have intensified. The conflicting parties have both accused each other of initiating the violence.


    Turkish Stream Not Aimed Against Ukraine - Turkey Foreign Minister
    EU to Lift Visa Restrictions With Ukraine Before Summer - EU Commission
    Russia Wants UK to Play Bigger Role in Ukraine, Middle East - Envoy to UK
    Russia Hopes Trump Administration to Better Understand Ukraine Crisis
    Vladimir Putin, Russia, Donbass, Ukraine
    Community standardsDiscussion