Off-camera contact between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin “does take place,” said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president.
He noted that the working day of the head of state is much more “busy and meaningful than it comes across on TV”, because the Kremlin does not inform the media of all the meetings that take place.
As emphasized by Peskov, this is “common practice”. There are different telephone conversations, which are also not made public.
In addition, he noted that today there are fewer independent heads of state in the world, than in years past.
“If earlier, there were many more independent-thinking leaders who, let’s say, were more suited to Putin in terms of freedom of action, decision making – of course, it was easier to negotiate. There are fewer such leaders now,” Peskov said.
In his opinion, this varied experience is how Putin became “the most experienced, most knowledgeable, most skilled world leader today.”