February 5, 2017 / 12:03 AM / 4 years ago

Ukraine's Poroshenko and Trump discuss strengthening ties in telephone call

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko listens during a news conference in Tallinn, Estonia January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed strengthening cooperation on Saturday in a telephone call that also addressed the need to resolve Ukraine’s eastern conflict through diplomacy, Poroshenko said in a statement.

“The two sides discussed strengthening the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States,” the statement said.

“Particular attention was paid to the settlement of the situation in the Donbass (in eastern Ukraine) and achieving peace via political and diplomatic means,” it said.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Dan Grebler

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