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British PM to discuss Ukraine with Russia’s Putin in France

June 02, 2014, 18:45 UTC+3 LONDON
French President Francois Hollande invited Putin to take part in the holiday several months ago and the country confirmed the invitation despite the disagreements on Ukraine
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Dmitry Peskov

Dmitry Peskov

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LONDON, June 02, 18:21 /ITAR-TASS/. Meeting between Vladimir Putin, David Cameron in Normandy coordinated, Russia's president spokeperson Dmitry Peskov said. They will meet for talks on Ukraine on June 6 in French Normandy on the sidelines of the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations, a spokeswoman for the British government said.

According to her, Prime Minister Cameron intends to inform Putin in detail on Britain’s stance concerning the de-escalation of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

“Such possibility is being discussed now,” Peskov told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

This will be Putin’s first visit to Western Europe since the crisis in Ukraine erupted at the beginning of this year. French President Francois Hollande invited Putin to take part in the holiday several months ago and the country confirmed the invitation despite the disagreements on Ukraine.

At the International Economic Forum on May 24 in St. Petersburg, Putin said he was ready to meet with foreign leaders as part of his trip to Normandy, France.

“If nothing changes in the French president’s schedule, I’ll come,” Putin said at a meeting with editors-in-chief of world news agencies.

President Hollande earlier said that the situation in Ukraine would be in the focus of his talks with Putin on June 5 at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

World leaders from many countries are invited to attend the festivities. US President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and German Chancellor Angela Merkel affirmed their decision.

Ten years ago, on June 6, 2004 the heads of state of 16 states, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, celebrated D-Day 60th anniversary in Cannes.

 

Coup in Ukraine

Political and economic turmoil has embraced Ukraine after a coup rocked the country in February following months of anti-government protests, often violent, triggered by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the EU in November 2013 in order to study the deal more thoroughly.

Amid deadly riots that involved radicals in February 2014, new people were brought to power in Kiev. Yanukovych had to leave Ukraine citing security concerns the same month. Moscow does not recognize the new self-proclaimed Ukrainian authorities, who appear unable to restrain radicals and ultranationalists.

Ukraine’s crisis deteriorated further when the Republic of Crimea, where most residents are Russians, reunified with Russia on March 18 after a referendum two days earlier in which an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Crimea's reunification urge was caused by the republic's refusal to recognize the new Kiev authorities.

Massive protests against the new Ukrainian leaders erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking south-eastern regions in March after Crimea's incorporation by Russia.

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