Former French President Francois Hollande wrote in his memoirs that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to destroy the Ukrainian army.
In particular, Francois Hollande wrote that Vladimir Putin threatened Poroshenko "to make mincemeat" of the Ukrainian army.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Russian president had never said such a thing. Putin would never say such things in general, Peskov added. Moscow always respects limits of decency in any negotiations, including about Ukraine, no matter how hard they might be, Putin's press secretary said.
According to Peskov, Hollande displayed an act of extremely incorrect behaviour. Usually, such "leaks" published after all participants of a particular story have retired and finished their careers of politicians.