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Poroshenko declares readiness for international discussion on Donbas settlement
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he is ready for international discussion on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region in the Normandy or Geneva format, the presidential press service said on Monday.
In a telephone conversation with the head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso the Ukrainian leader said he wanted "the Ukrainian issue" to be put on the agenda and duly considered at the next meeting of the European Council on August 30, 2014.
Poroshenko assured the European Commission president that he wanted to implement the peace plan based on the principle of bilateral ceasefire, with monitoring and verification of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), release of hostages and control over the Ukrainian-Russian border.
Poroshenko and Barroso discussed the schedule of the enactment of the Association Agreement with the EU, as well as energy co-operation issues and resumption of gas negotiations in the trilateral format EU-Ukraine-Russia.
During the conversation the sides also touched upon the international humanitarian mission for Lugansk under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 11Aug14]
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