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Putin and Barroso agree to hold consultations within the Russia-EC-Ukraine format

MOSCOW, June 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso have agreed to hold consultations within the Russia-EC-Ukraine format at the expert and ministerial levels, the Kremlin has said.

The tripartite consultations are planning to be held in the context of the Association Agreement that the European Commission and Ukraine are preparing to sign, the Kremlin said on Friday.

"Putin and Barroso exchanged views on the crisis in Ukraine, the payment of Kiev's debt for Russian gas and preparations for signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU," the Kremlin said.