Putin, Cameron focus on Ukraine at talks in Brisbane - Kremlin spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron focused chiefly on the Ukrainian crisis at their talks in Brisbane on Saturday, although they also addressed fundamental reasons behind the current rift in relations between Russia, the U.S. and a number of European countries and also touched upon Syria and the Islamic State, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron focused chiefly on the Ukrainian crisis at their talks in Brisbane on Saturday, although they also addressed fundamental reasons behind the current rift in relations between Russia, the U.S. and a number of European countries and also touched upon Syria and the Islamic State, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Vladimir Putin and David Cameron exchanged opinions on the current phase of the crisis in Ukraine. Cameron aired his vision of the current state of affairs in southeastern Ukraine. Putin also presented quite a detailed explanation," Peskov told journalists following the meeting.

Ukraine was "virtually the only" subject during the conversation, he said.

"Nevertheless, there was also a conversation about fundamental reasons for the current rift in relations between Russia, the U.S., and a number of European countries," he said.

Putin and Cameron signaled their interest in "restoring these relations and taking efficient measures to settle the crisis, which would help abandon confrontational attitudes," Peskov said.

"Despite time pressure, the president and the premier also touched upon Syria and the ISIL," he said.

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