"I am happy to see you here and have a chance to talk about bilateral relations, trade and economic ties, as well as our cooperation in the Commonwealth of Independent States in an informal setting," Putin said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
"Traditionally, our relations have been broad, covering political contacts, economic ties and humanitarian interaction. We have much to discuss, as usual. Thank you for accepting the invitation and for finding time to come here on your day-off. I am very glad indeed to see you," Putin said.