March 15, 2014 / 9:05 AM / 4 years ago

Russia's President Putin meets Ukrainian paralympic chief

LAURA, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently meeting the head of Ukraine’s Paralympic committee, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with paralympic delegations in Sochi March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

He said that Valeriy Sushkevich also met Putin before the start of the Games earlier this month. Ukraine decided to take part despite the Crimea crisis, but threatened to pull out if there is an escalation of violence.

Reporting By Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Jason Bush

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