What do Putin and Zelensky discuss in first phone call?
The first telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky was pragmatic, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"As for the atmosphere of the phone call, it was the first introductory conversation between the two presidents, it was the first time they held a phone call as they hadn’t contacted each other before," TASS cited Peskov as saying.
He added that the phone call had lasted "about 20 minutes."
"It is hardly necessary to discuss tones and emotions, this is not what the conversation was for," Peskov said when asked if Putin was satisfied with his phone call with Zelensky. "The first conversation between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents is very important in itself," the presidential spokesman pointed out.
When asked if there were plans to arrange another telephone conversation between the two presidents, he said that "there is no clear understanding at the moment."
When asked if Putin and Zelensky had discussed the possibility of releasing Ukrainian sailors arrested in Russia and Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky charged with high treason and arms trafficking in Ukraine, Peskov said the two presidents had agreed that "the work will continue at the expert level."
The Kremlin spokesman added that Putin and Zelensky had touched upon "the future of the Normandy talks."
The Russian and Ukrainian presidents held their first telephone conversation on July 11. The call was initiated by Kiev. According to Zelensky’s team, the phone call marks "the first step towards resuming the Normandy talks."