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Poroshenko, Italian premier note importance of energy security in Ukraine

October 17, 2014, 6:02 UTC+3 KIEV

Poroshenko and Renzi also stressed the need to strictly comply with the Minsk agreements, including full ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine

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KIEV, October 17. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasised the need to resolve the country’s energy security in the meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Milan on Friday.

Poroshenko and Renzi also stressed the need to strictly comply with the Minsk agreements, including full ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine and the release of all prisoners, the Ukrainian presidential press service said.

Poroshenko said, “Today Ukraine faces major challenges and praises the support of the EU and Italy, among others.”

The press service said, “Poroshenko and Renzi stressed the need to resolve energy security in Ukraine and Europe. They expressed hope that the EU participation in the talks can help find a necessary decision.”

No other details have been reported.

On Friday morning, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will give a breakfast for Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Francois Hollande of France, Pyotr Poroshenko of Ukraine, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They might be joined by British Prime Minister David Cameron, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, who will take over the post of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said, “The breakfast is interesting by the fact that primarily, Ukraine will be discussed at it. The Russian president, [Angela] Merkel, [Francois] Hollande, [Pyotr] Poroshenko, [David] Cameron, as well as chairman of the EU Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso will attend the meeting.”

The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners during OSCE-mediated talks on September 5 in Belarusian capital Minsk. The ceasefire took effect the same day but reports said it has occasionally been violated.

On September 20 in Minsk, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE adopted a memorandum outlining the parameters for the implementation of commitments on the ceasefire in Ukraine laid down in the Minsk Protocol of September 5. The document contains nine points, including in particular a ban on the use of all armaments and withdrawal of weapons with the calibres of over 100 millimetres to a distance of 15 kilometres from the contact line from each side. The OSCE was tasked with controlling the implementation of memorandum provisions.

On September 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested a seven-point plan to settle the crisis in Ukraine. The plan in particular calls for an end of active offensive operations by armed militia groups in southeast Ukraine in the Donetsk and Lugansk areas and withdrawal of Ukrainian army units to a distance that would make it impossible to fire on populated areas using artillery and multiple launch rocket systems. It also called for full and objective international monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire and monitoring of the situation in the safe zone created by the ceasefire, for an exchange of individuals detained by force on an ‘all for all’ basis without any preconditions and for opening humanitarian corridors and humanitarian aid supplies to affected areas.

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