Poroshenko's administration: No contacts with Putin since Minsk accords
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's administration has denied a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov who claims that the two presidents continue to meet.
"The Ukrainian president has not held any bilateral meeting with the president of Russia since the moment when the Minsk agreements [on Donbas] were concluded," the administration's press service told UNIAN on January 21.
Peskov said earlier on January 21 that Putin and Poroshenko meet away from the public eye.
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UNIAN memo. The so-called Minsk Protocol, an agreement to halt the war in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, was signed on September 5, 2014. The signatories were representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and two Russian-controlled self-proclaimed republics – the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic."
Due to the collapse of the Minsk Protocol ceasefire in January–February 2015, a new package of measures intended to revive the Protocol and alleviate the ongoing war in Donbas was agreed by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany at a summit in Minsk on February 11, 2015.