Putin, Poroshenko to meet EU officials August 26

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Putin, Poroshenko to meet EU officials August 26Poroshenko’ office said would use August 26 to discuss ways to stabilise situation in eastern Ukraine, energy security and Kiev’ new trade deal with European Union, which Russia has opposed, Reuters reports.

A Kremlin statement said a number bilateral meetings would be held, but did not specify if Putin would hold a one-on-one with Poroshenko.

Putin and Poroshenko briefly huddled with Chancellor Angela Merkel on sidelines D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy in June and have spoken repeatedly on since. [eap_ad_2] also include the presidents Belarus and Kazakhstan, which are part the Russian-led Customs Union which Ukraine has been part.

Russia has been concerned about the impact of Ukraine’ trade deal with the European Union on the Customs Union, and has warned that it could ban all Ukrainian goods.

Russia has already banned many Ukrainian products, ostensibly for health reasons, while food products have been banned in response to sanctions Brussels imposed on Moscow over Ukraine.

The said its foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, and Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger would attend the .[eap_ad_3]