Zelensky (left) and Putin (right) / Photo from UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on November 25 held a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"The Head of State noted the importance of the recent return of the Ukrainian ships by Russia. At the same time, Volodymyr Zelensky stressed the need to return all weapons, equipment and documentation that had been aboard. The parties also touched upon the issue of gas negotiations in the trilateral Ukraine-Russia-EU format," the Ukrainian president's press service reported on November 25.

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The press service did not report whether the two leaders had touched on Donbas and an upcoming Normandy summit.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin's press service confirmed that the meeting in the Normandy format was on the agenda of the phone call. "In view of the Normandy summit scheduled for December 9, 2019, in Paris, the telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took place on the Ukrainian side's initiative," it said.

It also confirmed the two presidents had touched on the return of three Ukrainian naval boats, as well as transit shipments of Russian natural gas via Ukraine after January 1, 2020, as well as direct gas supplies to Ukraine.

"It has been agreed to continue contacts at various levels," the Kremlin added.