November 14, 2019 / 7:37 PM / 24 days ago

Putin: Russia welcomes troop disengagement in Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Dialogue with BRICS Business Council & New Development Bank at the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow welcomed the disengagement of Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists at two flash points in eastern Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters at a BRICS summit in Brazil, Putin said he did not currently have plans to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy before a four-way international summit on Ukraine.

A breakthrough at talks between Moscow and Kiev on Oct. 1 appeared to open the way for the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France to hold the first four-way summit on the conflict in three years.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Chris Reese

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