World Bulletin/News Desk
Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the crisis in Ukraine with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on June 5, his first meeting with a major Western leader since Moscow annexed Crimea.
A Kremlin foreign policy aide said on Wednesday the talks would be held in the French leader's Elysee Palace on the eve of World War Two anniversary events taking place in the French city of Deauville.
Putin, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are all expected to be in Deauville but the aide, Yuri Ushakov, made no mention of any other leaders attending the talks in Paris.
He told a news briefing that Putin might have contact with other leaders while in Deauville, but that any other meetings would be informal.
Ushakov said the talks with Hollande would cover "fundamental international and bilateral issues, including the Ukraine crisis." He gave no other details.
Although Putin has frequently spoken to foreign heads of state and government by telephone since the start of the Ukraine crisis, his last known meeting with a Western leader was during the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Crimea peninsula in March, but the push for new punitive measures by Europe has slowed since Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday.Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2014, 12:53