Warsaw - Czech President Milos Zeman called on new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to work for reconciliation in his country, which would prevent more people from falling victim to the fighting in the country, particularly among civilians, he told Czech journalists today.
Zeman talked to Poroshenko during a dinner in Warsaw, where they both are attending the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of freedom and democracy.
Ukraine´s government forces are still failing to subdue an uprising by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. The fighting has claimed hundreds of victims according to unconfirmed data.
"I expressed the opinion that a strong politician should seek reconciliation in Ukraine in order to avert unnecessarily big numbers of victims, particularly civilian," Zeman told the Czech journalists.
Zeman, together with the presidents of ten Central and east European countries, met U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
"The meeting of the Visegrad or rather post-communist presidents with Barack Obama took about two hours, with the Ukraine crisis having been naturally the main theme," Zeman said.
Zeman´s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said Obama mentioned several ideas the participants expressed, including Zeman´s opinion that the west and east of Ukraine must conduct dialogue.