Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bottom left, and French President Francois Hollande, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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European leaders expressed hope Friday of solving the bloody Ukraine conflict following "positive" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, only for the Kremlin to berate them as out of touch with reality.Peskov's comments were in sharp contrast to Renzi's upbeat account of the early morning meeting between Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the leaders of Britain, France and Germany.Further talks between Putin, Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were scheduled for later Friday, French officials said.Adding to the negative mood music, the Kremlin had then said that a meeting between Putin and Merkel that ran into the early hours Friday revealed "serious differences" over Ukraine.The summit was also marked by a symbolically significant handshake between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
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