Putin says Kiev must seek compromise with separatists

by Reuters
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:25 GMT

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's government needs to provide guarantees to its Russian-speaking population in the east of the country to resolve the crisis.

"The compromise must be found not between third party players but between the different political forces within Ukraine itself," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "This is extremely important, it is the key issue."

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Additional reporting by Polina Devitt, Andrey Kuzmin, Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alessandra Prentice)

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