“Had to joke, not to quarrel”

“Had to joke, not to quarrel”

“B” knew about the secret telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko.

As reported by “Kommersant” informed sources in Moscow and Kiev, the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko continues to talk on the phone — although at the official level representatives of the two countries exchanged tough accusations and Russia in Kiev declared “an aggressor state”.

According to “Kommersant”, the last such conversation took place in the first half of April and was devoted to the situation in the Donbass. The conversation lasted about 20 minutes and was held at the initiative of the Ukrainian side.

As told the interlocutor of Kommersant in Moscow, the conversation took place in “the respectful and correct way” and the heads of state are periodically “switched to playfully ironic tone”. “The presidents were forced to joke, not to quarrel and not to tell each other sharps,” — said the source “b” in Moscow.

To any specific agreements could not be reached and the only issues on which the sides managed to move forward was “some of the humanitarian aspects of”the source “b”

What is this “some of the humanitarian aspects”, said the source “b” in Kiev, similar to the environment of Petro Poroshenko. According to him, it was about the exchange of prisoners, the supply in the Donbass food, water and electricity, as well as the Ukrainian payment of pensions to inhabitants of the unrecognized republics. Kommersant’s source in Kiev, added that Petro Poroshenko warned Russian President: if the DNI and LC will not pay debts for electricity supplies from the Ukrainian territory will be terminated. So in the end what happened.

As with the previous telephone conversations between Messrs Putin and Poroshenko, the parties did not disclose the fact of communication of the presidency, not to give the opponents of Poroshenko too much reason to accuse him of “unpatriotic behavior” and dealing with “the leader of the country-aggressor”.

Previously, “Kommersant” reported on the discreet telephone conversation of the presidents of the two countries. According to sources, “b”, for the first two months of this year, they had four interviews. When “b” made this information public, the first reaction from the officials in Kiev was the denial.

But then the staff of the presidential administration Poroshenko, answering the queries of the Ukrainian press confirmed that phone calls really were, and did not report them for the reason that concrete results are not achieved.

The source “b” in Kiev, similar to the environment of Petro Poroshenko, made it clear that this time the administration of the head of state would not want to publicize and publicly acknowledge the fact of the conversation between the two presidents.

Maxim Yusin; Yanina Sokolovskaya, Kyiv