Putin to meet Hollande at Elysee on June 5: Kremlin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 27, 2014. Mr Putin is due to meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande for Ukraine talks on the eve of events marking the D-Day anniversary, a Kremlin aide said Wednesd
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 27, 2014. Mr Putin is due to meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande for Ukraine talks on the eve of events marking the D-Day anniversary, a Kremlin aide said Wednesday, May 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande for Ukraine talks on the eve of events marking the D-Day anniversary, a Kremlin aide said Wednesday.

"The meeting will take place in the evening of June 5 in Paris at the Elysee Palace. The sides will discuss various multilateral international questions including the Ukraine crisis," presidential aide Yury Ushakov told journalists, the Interfax news agency reported.

Ushakov said the two leaders would have dinner together before attending D-Day anniversary celebrations on June 6 in northern France.

Putin may also hold informal meetings with Western leaders on June 6 during events marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in northern France, Ushakov said.

"I personally think that if there are bilateral contacts, they will not be organised but will be on the hoof, as they say," he said.

The D-Day celebrations marking a turning point in World War II will be attended by world leaders including US President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.

Hollande had said Tuesday that he would hold face-to-face talks with Putin on Ukraine during the D-Day events on June 6.