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Ukraine negotiator says Putin, Zelensky meeting possible after Istanbul talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrive for a working session at the Elysee Palace, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. (Ian Langsdon/Pool via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrive for a working session at the Elysee Palace, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. (Ian Langsdon/Pool via AP)

ISTANBUL — Ukraine’s top negotiator says enough progress has been made at talks in Turkey to resolve the conflict with Russia to enable a meeting between the presidents of the two countries.

“The results of today’s meeting are sufficient for a meeting at the leaders’ level,” Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia says, raising the possibility of a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin, an idea Russia has shot down as recently as Monday as being “counterproductive.”

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