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European Commission officials will also attend the meeting.
Putin will hold a number of bilateral meetings in Minsk. Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov did not rule out Putin’s separate meeting with Poroshenko.
There are many topics for discussion,” he said. “Their scope includes Ukraine’s internal crisis, the horrendous humanitarian disaster in the east of the country, and the importance of a ceasefire,” Pskov added. “Besides, the two leaders may take up the problems of bilateral relationship, especially in the wake of the signing of an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU,” Peskov said. “This sphere contains a very strong energy aspect,” he added when a reporter asked him if supplies of Russian natural gas to Ukraine might be taken up.
Speaking of the meetings in Minsk, Peskov said that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine would be taken up at the general meeting and in the Customs Union - Ukraine format, too.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday it was important to use the Minsk format for settling the situation in the southeast of Ukraine.
“All the participants are unanimous in thinking that a political dialogue must be launched,” he said. “The Minsk format isn’t the only one that could be enacted in this sense. The Geneva format (the EU, the US, Russia, and Ukraine) is mentioned, too.” “We are prepared for any format, just let it produce results,” Lavrov said.
As for the European Commission, its President Jose Manuel Barroso is not coming to Minsk as he is leaving for Vietnam on a visit that was scheduled long ago.
The Commission will be represented by the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht and Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.