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KIEV, April 27. /TASS/. The 17th EU-Ukraine summit has opened in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the press service of the Ukrainian president said on Monday.
The summit is due to discuss a broad range of issues of bilateral cooperation.
The sides will in particular focus on the macro-financial assistance to Kiev, the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the preparation for the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia, due on May 21-22, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
After a welcoming ceremony, Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko is holding a meeting with Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission.
In a telephone conversation with Tusk, Poroshenko expressed hope that during the summit the EU will send "strong signals in support for Ukraine and its European integration." The Ukrainian leader also noted the importance of strengthening ties between Kiev and Brussels in the sphere of security and defence.