Russian President Vladimir Putin began in Minsk bilateral meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The journalists said the press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.
In this format the leaders meet for the first time, reports ITAR-TASS. The leaders have been exposed in Normandy in June, but then it was brief - less than 10 minutes - talk "legs" with the participation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. In addition, the leaders of Russia and Ukraine were talking on the phone.
The presidents in the capital of Belarus began after consultations in the format of the Customs Union - Ukraine - European Union, which took place on Tuesday, 26 August, and were devoted to the interaction of CU with Kiev in the signing by Ukraine of an Association agreement with the EU.
As previously reported Sand, "topics for discussion very much." "This discussion of domestic crisis, and the terrible humanitarian disaster in the East, and the need for a ceasefire," said he. In addition, the spokesperson added, the leaders of the two countries can discuss "bilateral relations of Russia and Ukraine in the light of the signing of the Kiev Association agreement with the EU". In this issue, of course, is the energy cutoff is very large," said Sands.
According to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the summit participants agreed that Minsk will be a negotiating forum for the contact group in Ukraine.