BRUSSELS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso held talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, condemning the shelling of a refugee convoy in eastern Ukraine.
Following an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Poroshenko, Barroso decided that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Gunther Oettinger, responsible for energy, and Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht would represent the European Union (EU) at the Customs Union-Ukraine Summit meeting in Minsk on Aug. 26.
The EU and Russia have imposed sanctions on each other over the ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine.
The latest sanction from Russia involves a one-year ban on imports of several food items and dairy products from Australia, Canada, the EU, the United States and Norway in retaliation to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
The EU said it has outlined exceptional measures for food producers and will support further sectors heavily dependent on exports to Russia.
There are fears sanctions could extend to other important areas such as energy supply.