Putin and Zelensky in first talks to revive Ukraine peace efforts: AFP6 December 2019 | 04:36 | FOCUS News Agency
The summit in Paris will mark the first time Russia's Vladimir Putin meets face-to-face with Ukraine's new comedian-turned-president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Few are expecting an immediate breakthrough, but Zelensky's election this year and a recent easing of tensions have raised hopes of resolving the five-year conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who will mediate along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pushed hard for the talks and they will be a test of his efforts to reset Europe's ties with Moscow.
Speaking to reporters in Kiev this week, Zelensky played down expectations but said it was "very important" the summit was taking place at all.
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