Kremlin: Putin backs idea of dialogue with Kiev, but results are what counts
Russian President Vladimir Putin supports the idea of dialogue with Kiev in order to resolve the current complicated situation but it is the implementation of agreements that really matter, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"Communication between the two heads of state is a fact that can only be considered as a positive thing," the spokesman noted.
"President Putin always stands for dialogue as a tool for resolving pressing issues, particularly in complicated situations such as the one Russian-Ukrainian relations are facing," TASS cited him as saying.
When asked about the prospects for a meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Peskov noted that "Putin is a very pragmatic interlocutor, it is not the conversation process that matters to him but the implementation of agreements reached earlier, particularly during previous conversations."
Putin and Zelensky held telephone conversations on July 11 and August 7, discussing ways to resolve the situation in southeastern Ukraine, prisoner exchange, the activities of the Normandy Four and the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.