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Putin wants more talks over Ukraine

By Agencies in Moscow ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-23 07:01:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Ukraine's leadership and rebels to start genuine dialogue, saying Kiev should halt military operations and guarantee the rights of Russian speakers in the separatist east.

"It's necessary to start detailed, substantial dialogue," Putin said on Sunday. "This will guarantee success."

Putin made his comments after Ukraine's new Western-backed president, Petro Poroshenko, said he was prepared to talk to those separatists not implicated in "murder and torture" as he laid out the details of a new peace plan.

Putin wants more talks over Ukraine

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