June 6 - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he welcomes proposals by Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko to stop bloodshed. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
After brief meetings with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he likes what he heard about ending the violence in Ukraine. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I cannot but commend the position of Mr. Poroshenko that bloodshed should be stopped immediately in the east of Ukraine. And he has a plan in that regard. What plan this is you'd better ask not me but him. He told me about it in a few words but it's one thing to talk about it here in France and it's another thing to explain it in his own country." Putin called for an end to Ukrainian military operations in the east, saying that a resolution will need to come between Kiev and people in the East. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "The parties of the talks in this case should be not Russia and Ukraine - Russia is not a participant in this conflict - but rather the Kiev authorities and the supporters of federalization in the east. I can't say for sure how it all will be implemented and how it all will be formalized - but I liked the overall intention, and if that all happens in reality then conditions will be created for developing our relations in other spheres, and in economy in particular." Poroshenko is expected to unveil his plan to resolve the crisis after his inauguration Saturday in Kiev.