Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

EDS NOTE NUDITY - Inna Shevchenko, a member of the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN, stages a protest covered with mock blood in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will take place in Milan, Italy on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October, 2014, under the theme "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security". (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Police officers preside a demonstration against Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) opens in Milan, Italy on Thursday under the theme "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security". (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Vietnam's Prime Minister Tan Dung Nguyen, left, arrives for the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The two-day summit opens Thursday under the theme "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security". (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

EDS NOTE NUDITY - Inna Shevchenko, left, a member of the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN, and another unidentified activist are about to throw on themselves mock blood as a protest in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will take place in Milan, Italy on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October, 2014, under the theme "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)



Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:14 am
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Updated: 12:45 pm, Thu Oct 16, 2014.

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Associated Press |

MILAN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in a bid to escape Russia's worst crisis with the West since the Cold War.

Putin on Friday will discuss Ukraine over breakfast with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key European leaders on the sidelines of the 10th ASEM summit in Milan. He may also meet privately with Poroshenko.

The West has imposed a series of economic sanctions against Russia since its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March and its support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expects to discuss a Ukraine cease-fire deal signed last month, which has reduced hostilities but failed to stop all fighting.

"It is above all Russia's task to say clearly that the Minsk plan is really respected," Merkel said as she arrived for the summit. "Unfortunately, there are still very, very big shortcomings. But it is important to seek dialogue here."

Merkel will meet Putin later Thursday.

Putin, in Belgrade en route to Milan, said he hoped to resolve a gas pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine during the talks.

Much of the Russian gas supplied to the EU passes through pipelines crossing Ukraine, and Putin warned that Russia would cut supplies intended for Europe if Ukraine siphons off gas intended for Europe, as it did in 2008.

"Russia always has been a reliable supplier. But there are big transit risks," Putin said.

Two members of the feminist group Femen protested Putin's inclusion in the summit, baring their breasts as they demanded an end to bloodshed in Ukraine.

The two-day ASEM summit, which aims to forge closer economic and cultural ties and confront common threats, opens against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, student protests in Hong Kong and escalating concerns about the Ebola outbreak.

The biannual gathering will also touch on natural disaster response, international crime, terrorism and climate change.

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Isachenkov reported from Belgrade.

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Vladimir Isachenkov reported from Belgrade, Serbia.

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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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