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 European Leaders to Ignore Putin at Milan Summit, but Situation in Ukraine Will Be in Spotlight

European Union leaders do not plan to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 10th Asia-Europe Summit, which will take place October 16-17 in Milan (Italy). Though the situation in Ukraine will be actively discussed on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said this Friday in Brussels, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

"We cannot exclude this possibility in terms of the informal meeting, but as far as I know, such a meeting is not planned. Situation in Ukraine will be at the forefront of discussions in Milan. But I have no information on the bilateral meetings," she said.

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Hansen stressed that the summit is "a multilateral forum." "President Putin will be present in Milan but we do not have any bilateral meetings with him," the representative of the European Commission said.

"As far as I know, President Poroshenko plans to be in Milan. Ukraine is not a participant in ASEM and will not be formally involved in the summit. But many bilateral meetings to be held on this subject on the sidelines of the high-level meeting and Ukraine will be the center of attention," the European Union governing institution senior official said to Ukrinform.

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The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting to be held in Milan October 16-17, which will be attended by 50 leaders of Europe and Asia, including the leaders of the EU, in particular the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n306480