Russia's Putin may have talks with Ukraine leader next week: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov confirmed Putin would attend the ASEM (Europe-Asia Meeting) summit in the northern Italian city on Oct. 16-17 and said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande might take part in the talks with Poroshenko.

"A series of meetings is planned with Western partners, where Ukraine will be the key theme," Tass news agency quoted Ushakov as saying.

He said a "Normandy-style meeting" could not be ruled out - a reference to talks in France in June that involved Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko. 

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