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Barroso, Putin pay close attention over Ukraine situation

English.news.cn   2014-08-15 05:39:25

BRUSSELS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine situation, the European Union (EU) said.

It was the second phone call made by Barroso to Putin in a week regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Barroso also talked with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the phone on Wednesday.

According to the statement, as in Wednesday's call and in the contacts earlier in the week with both presidents of Russia and Ukraine, the purpose was to discuss the situation in Ukraine and its overall context, including ways to de-escalate the current situation.

It was agreed to hold consultations between the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission on the issues related with the implementation of the Association Agreement as well as on the supply of gas, in parallel with the efforts to stabilise the political and security situation.

The concrete arrangements for these talks will be further discussed through the appropriate diplomatic channels, the statement said.

Barroso Monday underlined the EU's regret over Russia's announcement of import ban on food and agricultural products from the EU.

During the conversation, both leaders agreed on the need to keep the channels of communication open on matters of relevance, namely on the economic and energy fields, as well as on the overall bilateral relations.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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