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Bringing Russia's President In From The Cold | Leaders Gather to Honor D-Day Normandy Landing - 06/06/14 13:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks

France’s President Franςois Hollande, flanked by President Obama, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Margrethe II and Vladimir Putin, spoke during a lunch at Chateau de Benouville on Friday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Leaders Gather to Honor D-Day Normandy Landing Friday June 6 th , 2014  at  12:30 PM 1 Share BÉNOUVILLE, France — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia held private talks with President Obama and with the newly elected leader of Ukraine on Friday as both sides in the violent conflict in Eastern Europe tried to ease a geopolitical showdown that has shaken the post-Cold War order. Mr. Putin, invited here as part of a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, sat down for 15 minutes with Petro O. Poroshenko, who will be inaugurated as Ukraine’s president on Saturday, their first such session since the May 25 elections. Mr. Putin also had an informal conversation with Mr. Obama on the sidelines of the commemoratio