Putin: Ceasefire needed for Ukraine talks

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Updated: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:15:15 EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is necessary to create conditions for talks.

Putin, speaking to reporters in Normandy in remarks televised live on Russian television Friday, said that he expects Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko to show "good will" and "state wisdom." Putin also said that Moscow is ready for constructive discussion with Ukraine on settling its gas debt to Russia.

He said that he and Poroshenko met for 15 minutes to discuss the main issues related to settling the crisis.

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