MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko met for the first time on June 6, 2014, during the 70th anniversary celebrations of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
The meeting, held behind closed doors and lasting for about 15 minutes, was initiated by French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Following the brief talk Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the two leaders mostly spoke about the events in eastern Ukraine and called for an early end to bloodshed and hostilities in the regions by both the Ukrainian armed forces and the independence fighters.
The second time Putin and Poroshenko met was in Minsk on August 26. After a trilateral meeting between representatives of the Customs Union, the European Union and Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told journalists that Russia and Ukraine "have agreed that their presidents would meet behind closed doors to discuss pressing issues."
The meeting lasted for about two hours, following which Poroshenko said that Kiev and Moscow would start consultations on closer border control. He also said a plan would soon be prepared to declare a ceasefire, which both independence supporters and government forces would have to respect.
Putin said that ceasefire conditions were not discussed during the meeting and added that Russia did not and could not advance any conditions for a settlement in Ukraine. Putin said they had agreed that the trilateral working group of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union would intensify its efforts.
Both parties also agreed to resume consultations on the deadlocked issues of energy and gas supply. Putin also said they had reached an agreement to cooperate in the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine.