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Putin, Poroshenko, European leaders start negotiations at Asia-Europe summit

October 17, 2014, 10:57 UTC+3 MILAN
European leaders have begun negotiations where they may be discussing settlement of the Ukrainian conflict
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MILAN, October 17. /TASS/. European leaders have begun negotiations at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), where they may be discussing settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

The business breakfast features Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Francois Hollande, Prime Ministers of Italy and the UK Matteo Renzi and David Cameron, as well as the European Commission’s Head Jose Manuel Barroso and the European Council’s President Herman Van Rompuy.

On Thursday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Ukrainian problem will be discussed on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Milan within expanded formats with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We expect the dialogue on this issue to continue within expanded formats,” Peskov said answering a question of the talks in the so-called “Normandy” format.

“On Friday, early in the morning, a breakfast will be given for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and President of the EU Council Herman Van Rompuy,” Peskov said.

Putin had a bilateral meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

“Upon arrival in Milan Putin left for the Royal Palace to take part in a dinner in honour of the summiteers on behalf of the Italian president. The Russian president had brief meetings with the heads of state and government of several states on the sidelines of the dinner. Then Putin and Napolitano began a bilateral meeting,” Peskov said.

On Thursday evening, Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine and the gas problem, the presidential spokesman said.

“During the long (about 2.5 hours) and detailed talk, Putin and Merkel synchronised positions on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. They paid priority attention to completing disengagement of the conflicting parties in south-eastern Ukraine,” Peskov said.

“Serious disagreements remain on the origin of the internal Ukrainian crisis and sources of the events happening there now,” he said.

Putin and Merkel discussed monitoring of the ceasefire and “details of the gas dossier”, Peskov said.

Ukraine’s president also met on Thursday with Germany’s chancellor and Italy’s president and prime minister.

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