SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The bilateral talks between Putin and Poroshenko, which are taking place in this format for the first time, come after consultations in Minsk earlier Tuesday between the leaders of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan) on the one hand and the Ukrainian president on the other with participation of European Union representatives.
Prior to Minsk meeting, Putin and Poroshenko only had a brief conversation that lasted less than 10 minutes in Normandy in June 2014 in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. The two leaders have also had phone talks. Peskov told Itar-Tass that “there are many topics for discussion.”
“These include the intra-Ukrainian crisis, the horrible humanitarian disaster in the country’s east and the necessity to cease fire,” he explained. Besides, the two presidents may discuss “bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine in light of Kiev’s signing of the association agreement with the EU.”