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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Alexei Nikolsky/AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Alexei Nikolsky/AP)

Putin and Ukraine’s Yanukovych hold private meeting in Sochi Add to ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin and embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych held a one-on-one meeting in Sochi on the day of the opening of the Winter Olympics, Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Saturday.

The meeting between Putin and Yanukovych, facing mass protests at home, was expected. Moscow has frozen aid to Ukraine until it knows who will be named in place of the pro-Russian prime minister removed last week in a bid to appease opponents.

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“There was a contact (between Putin and Yanukovych) in the course of (Olympic) events. It was a one-on-one during the opening events,” he said. Ushakov declined to say what had been discussed or if any agreements had been reached.

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