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Oct 17, 2014

No sign of breakthrough as Russia, Ukraine meet in Milan

MILAN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko met an array of EU leaders
on Friday, but there was little sign of progress in patching up
a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and resolving a dispute over
natural gas supplies.

Putin held more than 2-1/2 hours of talks with German
Chancellor Angela Merkel overnight. The Kremlin said afterwards
the pair were still at odds over how to resolve a crisis that
has revived the spectre of old Cold War rivalries.

Oct 16, 2014

Milan summit offers Putin and Poroshenko time to talk

MILAN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko are looking to patch up a
faltering ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and resolve a dispute
over natural gas supplies when they meet in Milan on Friday.

The pair are expected to talk one-on-one on the sidelines of
a Europe-Asia summit, and hold broader discussions with EU
leaders alarmed at the potential for their dispute to trigger
wider international unrest.

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      "Crispian Balmer is bureau chief for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In 20 years with Reuters he has reported from more than 20 countries, covering everything from Hurricane Katrina to the Tsunami and the Balkans conflict. Previous assignments included lengthy spells as chief correspondent in Paris and Rome."
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