Putin seeking deal over Ukraine

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Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Russian leader Vladimir Putin is meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key Western leaders in an attempt to negotiate a full end to hostilities in Ukraine which could ease sanctions against Russia.

Mr Putin met separately overnight with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has insisted that Russia fully respect a Ukraine ceasefire deal signed last month which has reduced hostilities but not stopped all fighting.

The Kremlin said of the near two-and-a-half-hour talks that the leaders emphasised the need to separate the warring sides in eastern Ukraine and talked about monitoring the ceasefire. They continued to disagree on the roots of the conflict.

Today’s meetings are on the sidelines of an ASEM summit of more than 50 Asian and European leaders in the Italian city of Milan.

Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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