President Obama and Ukraine President-elect Petro Poroshenko. / Czarek Sokolowski, AP
President Obama isn't planning any formal meetings with Vladimir Putin, but the incoming president of Ukraine said he may try to talk to his Russian counterpart on Friday.
Petro Poroshenko, who will be inaugurated as Ukraine's new president on Saturday, said he will attend Friday's D-Day ceremonies in France along with Putin, Obama, and other world leaders.
"As things stand now, a meeting between me and Putin is not envisaged, but I do not rule out that it could take place in one format or another," Poroshenko told reporters at a news conference in Warsaw after he met with Obama.
Obama, who may well bump into Putin on D-Day, has urged Putin to meet with Poroshenko.
The Ukraine leader is working on a possible peace deal with Russia, reports Reuters:
"Poroshenko said a peace plan he is working on to end the violent clashes between separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine would include de-centralization of power, a wide amnesty, and elections for local government.
"He said he had discussed those plans with the leaders of the United States, Canada and European states during a visit to Poland, and agreed with them that those discussions would continue in Normandy, France, site of the D-day events."
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