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Russia's Putin says he's ready for talks with Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says hes willing to sit down with Ukraines new president for talks to settle a deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine.Interested in Russia Investigation?Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Russia InvestigationAdd InterestPutin responded Thursday to Volodymyr Zelenskiys proposal to hold talks with the mediation of U.S., British, French and German leaders, saying that he is open to the idea. He said, however, that the talks are unlikely to go ahead before Ukraine elects a new parliament later this month.

Zelenskiy, who took office in May, pledged to put an end to the separatist conflict in the east, which has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.Zelenskiys proposal would build on peace talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk in 2014 and 2015 where Ukrainian officials were negotiating with separatist leaders with the Russian, French and German mediation.


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