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Ukraine’s presidential hopeful Zelensky hails talks with Macron

The two politicians held "сonstructive" talks
Vladimir Zelensky  Arina Lebedeva/TASS
Vladimir Zelensky
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PARIS, April 12. /TASS/. Ukrainian presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky’s talks with French President Emmanuel Macron were meaningful, Zelensky told TASS after his meeting with Macron in the Elysee Palace on Friday.

"Yes, we have held very constructive talks," he said when asked about the atmosphere of the meeting. However, Zelensky did not elaborate.

The Ukrainian presidential front-runner arrived at the Elysee Palace at 3.10 p.m. and left it approximately an hour later.

Earlier, the Elysee Palace press service confirmed to TASS that Macron would meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Pyotr Poroshenko at 6.00 p.m. on Friday, adding that prior to that meeting, Macron would hold talks with Poroshenko’s opponent, Vladimir Zelensky. The spokesperson did not elaborate what issues would be on the table of the talks, but pointed out that bilateral issues were expected to be touched upon along with cooperation within the framework of the Normandy Four group.

The Ukrainian presidential election was held on March 31. Leader of the Servant of the People political party Vladimir Zelensky is in the lead with 30.24% of the vote, followed by incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko, who garnered 15.95%. Since none of the candidates managed to get more than 50% of the vote, the top two are headed towards a runoff scheduled to take place on April 21.