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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:35

Digest of interesting events in April

Accuya flags
Moscow and Ankara concluded an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the "Akkuyu" nuclear power plant with VVER-1200 reactors in Mersin province on the Mediterranean coast in May 2010.

At the beginning of April 2018 Atomic Energy Agency of Turkey issued a license for the construction of the first unit. The regulator acknowledged nuclear power plant project complies with all requirements adopted in Turkey.

The design solutions of the "Akkuyu" NPP Station meet all modern requirements of the world nuclear community, enshrined in IAEA safety standards, the International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group and the requirements of the EUR Club.

Arrived on April 3 in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took part in the ceremony of launching the construction of the first power unit of the "Akkuyu" nuclear power plant, which Rosatom is building in Turkey. Turkish president called the start of construction - "a historic moment". Erdogan stressed that with the output to full capacity, the nuclear power plant will meet 10% of Turkey's electricity needs, reducing dependence on gas and coal.

Accuya plan

The first nuclear power plant in Turkey will be launched in 2023, creating new jobs both in Russia and Turkey. Start of commercial operation of the power units №1-4 tentatively scheduled for April 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, respectively. Under the plan, "Akkuyu" should issue 35 billion kW / h of electricity per year at the stage of commissioning of all power units. The service life of the first power unit is calculated until 2083.

NPP "Akkuyu" Construction Project in Turkey is the world's first nuclear power plant project, implemented by BOO model (build-own-operate). It is 100% funded by the Russian Federation and, according to the signed intergovernmental agreement, at least 51% of shares should belong to companies from the Russian Federation, and 49% can be sold to outside investors.

In Saudi Arabia, where cinemas were banned in the early 1980s, the film was first shown on a wide screen

SA Cinema first movieFor more than 35 years, the inhabitants of the kingdom mostly went to watch films in neighboring Bahrain, but recently the General Commission on Audiovisual Media began issuing licenses to cinemas. The first shown film was the American animated film of 2017 "Emodzhi film".

It is noteworthy that the government lifted the ban on the work of cinemas even after the country's chief priest stated that "debauchery, which is shown in the films", distorts the morality of the country.

The Ministry of Culture ignored this statement and noted that it will begin to grant licenses for the screening of films immediately. But at the same time the films planned for the demonstration will be censored before they reach the big screens in order not to violate the country's moral values.

mohammed bin salman al saud

A statement by the Minister of Information and Culture of Saudi Arabia states that the lifting of the ban on cinemas is part of the program of social and economic reforms implemented by Prince Mohammed ibn Salman.

According to Prince Mohammed, cinemas will reduce the level of extremism: "If you want to fight terrorism, you need to give people a lot of love. Love comes from joy, and the film - it's a joy".

SA CinemaThe economic development program of Saudi Arabia until 2030 provides for a serious growth of the entertainment segment, which forces the kingdom to abandon the extremely conservative policy of separate existence of men and women. According to government estimates, by 2030 the country will open about 300 cinemas with more than 2 thousands Halls. This will create 30 thousands Jobs and will contribute to the GDP approximately $ 24 billion.

Among other social reforms announced in Saudi Arabia in recent years - the abolition of the ban on driving a car by women.

The historic meeting of South and North Korean leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un took place

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Kim Jong-un's meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in took place in the demilitarized zone on the South Korean side of the border at the Panmunjom border crossing during the inter-Korean summit of 2018.

Over four thousand journalists gathered to cover the inter-Korean summit from all over the world. South Korea turned the largest exhibition complex in Seoul into a huge press center. The summit was broadcast live on giant screens.

Formally, North and South Korea are still at war, since after the military conflict in 1950-1953 the countries have not signed a peace agreement. In fact, the Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. Many historians consider it was a conflict between the United States and the United Nations on the southern side and the army of China and the USSR Air Force from the north. After the war, the peninsula was divided into zones of influence of the USSR and the USA.

Kim Jong-un became the first leader of the DPRK to visit South Korea. For all time there were three meetings between the leaders of the two Koreas. In 1953, after the failed North Korean attack on the South in Pyongyang, the leaders of the North and the South held negotiations. In 2000 and in 2007, also in the capital of the DPRK, the father of the current leader of North Korea Kim Jong Il accepted the South Korean presidents.

The place where the soldiers of the North and South stand face to face is the most protected part of the demilitarized zone. Here, representatives of the two Koreas cross the state border for bilateral negotiations. In response to the question of Moon Jae-in, when he could visit the DPRK, Kim Jong-un took the president by the hand and moved to the north side. Previously, within the demilitarized zone, Southerners could cross the North border only inside special blue barracks. Returning to the territory of South Korea, the Leaders walked along the red carpet accompanied by soldiers dressed in the military uniform of the times of the united Korea.

Korea lunch
The first round lasted three hours. The place of negotiations was the "House of Peace" in the South Korean control zone. Kim Jong-un made an entry in the book for guests:
"At the beginning of a new history of peace and prosperity".

At noon, the black limousine of the leader of North Korea wandered from the House of Peace, with people in plainclothes running synchronously alongside him - the North Korean leader preferred dining on his territory.

Korea pine of piece
After lunch, the leaders arrived at the place of the symbolic tree planting (Pine Tree of Peace and Prosperity) - on the border of the two Koreas.

This action is filled with symbolism. The age of the tree is 65 years: exactly the same as after the end of the Korean War. Two slides of the earth: one - from the North Korean mountain of Paektusan, the other - from the South Korean Hallasan. Another detail: the water in the watering can Kim Jong-un - from the Han River in the South, at the Moon Jae-in - from North Korea Taedong in Pyongyang.

As a result of the meeting, the leaders of the two states agreed to sign a peace treaty this year that will end the Korean War, which is still officially incomplete, and about the resumption of communications between the countries.

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The parties undertake not to wage war against each other. They also agreed to work toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula and the phased reduction of armaments. The demilitarized zone on the border will now be called the "zone of peace". Also from May 1, countries stopped propaganda broadcasting on the border.

King of Swaziland Mswati III renamed his country to the Kingdom of eSvatini

EsvatiniThe new name of the state between South Africa and Mozambique is now eSvatini, which in Swahili means "Swazi's place". The population of the kingdom is about 1.1 million people.

King Mswati III announced the change of name at the sports stadium in Manzini during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Swaziland from British rule. He stated that the country was returning to the name that It used before colonization by the British. Another occasion for celebrations was the anniversary of Mswati himself, who also celebrated his 50th birthday.

Swaziland gained independence from Britain in 1968. Before that, the country had been under the British protectorate for more than 60 years.

Svati suiteThe issue of renaming Swaziland was discussed for many years, and at the legislative level the issue was considered since 2015. Mswati III used this name, speaking to the UN General Assembly in 2017, as well as opening the session of the country's parliament in 2014.

Officially, the king of this African country is called "nguyenyama" ("lion"). Most of all, he is known for his polygamy and love for the traditional Swazi costume, in which the monarch constantly appears in public. Mswati III is the last absolute monarch in Africa. His power in the territory of Swaziland is unlimited. The king has 15 wives, his father for a lifetime had a total of 125

The king said that because of the name of the state, there is often confusion: "Every time we go abroad, people think that we are from Switzerland".

Human rights activists criticize the authorities of Swaziland for banning political parties and discrimination against women. In addition, the country has the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the world.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 02:05

Autumn summits and forums

On 2-3 September in Vladivostok held the second East Economic Forum (WEF)

Logo East forum
It took place on the island Russian, in the buildings of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). This platform gathered nearly 2.5 thous. participants, which is 1.5 times more than in 2015.

WEF was visited by leaders of the three countries: Presidents of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and South Korea Park Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the top managers of 57 foreign companies from 28 countries, first persons of more than 200 Russian companies.

common foto East forumThe Forum was held under the motto "Discovering the Far East" and was dedicated to the integration of the territory into the system of economic relations of the Asia-Pacific Region (APR). For two days, representatives of business and government concluded more than 140, prepared earlier, agreements for a total amount of 1.6 trillion rubles.

The forum's program includes more than fifty events, including five business dialogues between the two countries: Russia - China, Russia - Republic of Korea, the Russian-Japanese business forum, Russia - ASEAN Russia - Germany.

As a result of all the events, Russia's president Vladimir Putin formulated the three main directions for cooperation in the region:

Reliable energy infrastructure.
The initiative of companies from Russia, Japan, South Korea and China to create a super power ring.

Transport infrastructure.
Formation of new competitive trans-Eurasian and regional routes.

The total space of the digital economy.
Creating a legal and technological environment for electronic interaction.

September 4, 2016, in the Chinese Hangzhou started G20 summit

Logo G20The main objective of this forum is to coordinate policies among G20 members to achieve global economic stability and sustainable growth of the world economy.

One of the issues of the summit was the creation of a new international financial architecture. During the summit, leaders discussed the construction of innovative, healthy, coherent and inclusive global economy.

At the G20 countries account for over 85 percent of global GDP. They are also home to more than 60 percent of the world's population.

At the meeting of Putin and Erdogan in the framework of the G20 summit in Hangzhou sides came close to the creation of a free trade area between Russia and Turkey and discussed the mutual withdrawal of food sanctions.

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Leaders of the G20 countries at the summit in Hangzhou approved the creation of the complex to ensure global economic growth measures. In this connection, it adopted a document named "Hangzhou consensus".

The document is based on the following features: vision, integration, openness, inclusiveness. It speaks of actions aimed at creating a set of measures to ensure the growth of the world economy.

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Friday, 03 June 2016 22:03

Sochi ASEAN Summit

The participants of the Sochi summit, Russia - ASEAN adopted a joint declaration
"On the way to a mutually beneficial strategic partnership"

The two-day summit held in late May 19-20 and has been for the RF 20th anniversary In connection with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue partnership between Russia and ASEAN participants adopted the Comprehensive Plan of Action of the Russian Federation on the development of cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the period 2016-2020 year.ACEAH

УSummit participants also had before them the report of the Group of Eminent Persons Russia - ASEAN
"Russia - ASEAN: converted into the future multi-faceted strategic partnership"

asean.jpgAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - a regional organization, which consists of the following basic states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei. And joined later: Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Cambodia. At this point in the status of an observer composed of Papua - New Guinea and East Timor. ASEAN's most important economic partners are United States and Japan.

ASEAN headquarters are in Bangkok and Jakarta. The population of the ASEAN member countries is about 500 million people.

Its goals, ASEAN has identified the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, cultural development of the member countries and the establishment of peace and stability in south-east Asia region. All of these countries in the recent past were backward states, but now they are going through a period of rapid growth.

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Sunday, 29 May 2016 16:44

G7 Summit in Japan

G7 Japan 2016Completed two-day G7 summit held in Japan on May 26-27. Previous G7 Summit held in June last year in a German castle Ellmau.

Leaders of the G7 member countries have been negotiating on the island of Honshu in the national park Ise-Shima. On formal occasions leaders traveled on unmanned vehicles. Safety of meetings was ensured by 23 thousand policemen.

"(G7) - Group of Seven" - is an association of seven major industrialized countries, which includes the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Italy and Canada.

This is the first summit meeting in Japan after 2008 in Hokkaido. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed world leaders on the island of Honshu near the Temple of Ise.IsaShime Shrine

This temple is dedicated to Sun Goddess - Amaterasu Omikami, which occupies an important place in Japanese legends about the creation of the world. Ise Grand Shrine for over 2000 years. But, in accordance with the provisions of Shinto, built periodically rebuild or demolish. The followers of this religion believe that all objects and phenomena - rocks, flowers, fire, trees or the sky - have his spirit and his god.

According to the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, hiking in the holy place will help world leaders to understand the spirituality of the Japanese. However, visiting world leaders Shrine caused controversy in Japan. Critics say that the way Abe appeals to conservatives who want the revival of traditional values.

In the agenda of meeting of the G7 were such important topics as - the state of the global economy and related concerns. As well as terrorism, cyber-security and safety on the water. During five sessions discussed the following themes - maintaining global economic growth, the fight against terrorism, the situation of refugees and climate change.

Particular attention was paid to the topic of migration crisis.

The head of the European Council Donald Tusk at the summit asked for support for the refugees from the G7 countries. "If we do not take over the management of the crisis, no one will not do" - said Tusk.

Obama Hiroshima visitAfter the summit, Obama became the first of the incumbents of the White House, who visited the Hiroshima atomic bombing exposed in the last days of World War II in 1945. Speaking about the visit to Hiroshima, Obama said that the purpose of the trip - to pay tribute to all those who died in World War II and a renewed commitment to continue the policy of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

According to Obama, the visit once again remind about the "unique alliance that is maintained by both countries for decades".

Leaders of the G7 countries adopted on Friday a joint declaration and a number of documents on the results of the summit in Japan agreed on measures to promote global economic growth and a common position on the fight against terrorism and corruption, and to address a wide range of international issues surrounding North Korea and Syria, as well as relations between Russia and UkraineG7 Japan

Summing up the results of the summit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the international community through the consolidated efforts succeeded in preventing the collapse of the global economy, like the one that occurred at falling of Lehman Brothers.

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Saturday, 02 April 2016 11:23

The 13th EU-India Summit

Brussels, March 30, after a four-year break, was held the 13th EU-India Summit

The Summit aims to deepen the strategic partnership and ensure progress in such areas as trade, investment, research and development, energy, climate, water resources, migration, human rights, foreign policy and security.EU INDIA

The main agenda topics of the day were - international security, migration, trade and sustainable development. The Summit also focused on the resumption of 5 years of work on the agreement on free trade zone and the fight against terrorism. steps to deepen political and economic cooperation have been made.

Flags of European Union and IndiaThe first EU-India summit was held on June 28, 2000 in Lisbon, on its results adopted "Programme of Action". Previous EU-India summit was held in 2012, when bilateral relations were at their peak. Negotiations about FTA started in 2007, and counts at that moment 16 rounds were suspended in 2013. The outcome of the summit 2016 is joint declaration and a "road map" to 2020, and several declarations of cooperation in specific areas.

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Monday, 15 February 2016 11:09

Munich Security Conference 2016


In Munich from 12 to 14 February was held the annual security summit, which was attended by the heads of three dozen countries and governments, foreign ministers of about 70 countries.

The conference in Munich was founded in 1963 as a meeting of representatives of the defense ministries of NATO member countries. Nowadays it is an international discussion forum gathering politicians, diplomats, the military, business, academic and public figures from more than 40 countries (NATO members and EU as well as countries that play an important role on the world stage - Russia, China, Japan, India and others).

Three days in Munich discussed mainly three topics - the situation in Syria, the migratory crisis and relations with Russia

In a report to the Munich Security Conference in 2016 said that in 2016 the risk of military confrontation will increase: "The crisis in Russian-Western relations continues to be serious And in light of the numerous close encounters and military incidents, the risk of unintended escalation is undeniable".safeness

The report also provides a list of risks, compiled for 2016 consulting firm Eurasia Group. One of them is associated with problems in the relations between the US and its European allies. According to the forecast - "the world in 2016 could become even more unstable".

"The transatlantic partnership has been the most important alliance of about 70 years. But now it is weaker and plays a less important role than it has ever been in the last decade. In a situation where the way of Europe and the United States disagree, doesn't remain in the world "International firefighter" and thus conflicts, in particular - in the Middle East will continue to rage ", - emphasized in the report.

Changing the borders by force, as well as border disputes - from the Ukraine to the artificial islands in the South China Sea - exacerbate the severity of the security situation, according to the compilers of the report. Threaten regional and global stability, even such factors as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the global information and communication technologies used for the dissemination of hate propaganda.

MedvedRussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke at the second day of the Munich Security Conference. He said that NATO policy towards Russia "remains closed and unfriendly" and that "we have fallen during the new Cold War".

According to the Russian prime minister, "almost every day we are declared the most terrible threat to NATO as a whole, separately for Europe, America and other countries". "I sometimes think we are in 2016 today or in 1962 ?" - Medvedev added.

While journalists tried to get comments from other participants about whether a new "cold war" threatens the world, the topic during a speech at the ministerial panel said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Valter"We are definitely not in the situation of the Cold War. I think that those who this morning listened attentively to the prime minister Medvedev, who, in contrast to the news reports that I read, too, saw it differently. We understand this to mean that he wanted to say that we must avoid a situation that leads us to the cold war ", - he said.

"I hope that the message that we pass from Munich, will not lead to a further increase of the situation in the world", - said the head of the conference, Wolfgang Ischinger in his closing remarks.

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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 01:09

The results of the EU-Turkey Summit

Head of the European Council, Donald Tusk said that following the results of the emergency summit EU-Turkey in Brussels, which took place on 29 November, between the Turkish authorities and the EU reached an agreement on the issue of illegal migrants.EU Turkey Summit in Brussel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the summit participants approved the allocation of $ 3 billion for Turkey. It should help to establish control over migration flows. According to the Chancellor of Germany, Turkey is a key country for overcoming the migration crisis.

It is known that the migration process was one of the main issues of the summit.
Since Europe "flooded" refugees from the Middle East, the EU adopted a number of different measures and an agreement with Turkey is the next step towards the stabilization of migration situation.

Also, at the end of the emergency summit EU-Turkey reached an agreement on visa-free regime for Turkey in the autumn of 2016. Subject to completing by Turkey of EU requirements as provided in the road map.

In addition, Brussels will accelerate the process for the adoption of Turkey to the EU, the two sides agreed to continue the accession negotiations in December. This will be the 17th chapter of negotiations on Turkey's accession to the European Union, this time of economic and financial policy.

Ahmet Davutoglu

"We are the European nation ... the fate of our continent to join all of you. We want to be a member of the European family", - said the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.

In its turn NATO will also provide additional assistance to Turkey

On December 1, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said that in the near future the alliance will decide on the further support of Turkey in connection with the growing threat from "Islamic state".

In a short time in Jordan and later in Turkey, will begin military exercises of NATO. The exercise will be attended by the soldiers who will fight with IGIL.

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Western Balkans Summit 2015The capital of Austria takes the distinguished guests at the summit of EU leaders and the countries of the Western Balkans, which focuses on the acute problem of increasing migration.

Among the heads of states and governments, arrived in Vienna - the leaders of the European Union, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and other countries.

Refugees from the conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, using the so-called "Balkan route" - cross the Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary in the hope to get from there to Austria, Germany and other EU countries.

«MerkelIn the world today more refugees than at any other time since the Second World War ", - said Chancellor of FRG Angela Merkel. The day before, visited the reception center near Dresden, Merkel announced a "zero tolerance for violence against migrants."

"We were able in Europe to live with each other in the world, and we also made the inevitable peace process in the Western Balkans. And now, we must on the one hand to make sure that the world is once again becoming a reality in some regions, and on the other, remembering our own historical experience, to help people whose lives are under threat, we have to protect them", - Angela Merkel.

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Sunday, 21 December 2014 16:58

Cross Continental Cooperation Summit 2014-15


Summit Overview

The Cross-Continental Cooperation Summit of 2014-5 will be a culmination of 10 events taking place across the globe. The events will take place in major capital cities including London, Berlin, Seychelles, Abuja, Addis Ababa, Washington D.C. Moscow, New Delhi and Crete; with the continents of Europe, North America, Africa and Asia playing host to the events. The Summit will focus on the potential success for improved intercultural relations in uniting the great powers of the contemporary world to better face today's global concerns.

The Summit will create a forum for the world's powers representatives to publicly discuss and promote upon a common goal, thus initiating potential solutions for contemporary and future world challenges. The ultimate aim of the Summit will be to create a more stable public global environment by promoting intercultural dialogue between nations, consequently bringing the international community closer to a more prosperous future.

Summit Events

 The following Events will take place during October 2014 - March 2015:

1The Berlin Summit on African Youth Education & Development
"Establishing a Sustainable Educational System Infrastructure and Professional Development Programs in Africa" (Berlin; January 13th - 16th, 2015)

2The Hague Summit on International Law & Human Rights
An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Role of International Law in Promoting Human Rights (International Court of Justice, The Hague; February 4th-5th, 2015)

3Film for Peace
"The Power of Film & the Arts to Build Peace" Held Parallel to the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 (Berlin; February 10th - 13th, 2015)

4Berlin Economic Forum 2015
"Creative Economies, Sustainable Tourism & Foreign Investments" Held Parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) (International Conference, Berlin; March 4th - 7th, 2015)

5Cyprus Economic Forum 2015
"Sustainable Tourism, Responsible Investments, International Business" (Nicosia; March 25th-27th, 2015)

6Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Religion
"Extending the Olive Branch: Peace through Interfaith Dialogue" (Thessaloniki, Greece; October 1st - 4th, 2015)

Participation in the Summit

Participation in the Summit events are open to applicants coming from the governmental and diplomatic fields, academia & scholars, representatives from the civil society and private sector, journalists, artists, young professionals and students.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the summit, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form: Apply now

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Friday, 17 October 2014 20:18

Саммит ASEM в Милане

16 октября, в Милане начался саммит АСЕМ во время которого запланирована встреча Президентов Украины и РФ. Накануне во время телефонного разговора П.Порошенко и В.Путин согласовали повестку дня и формат их встречи.

Форум "Азия - Европа" - международная организация, объединяющая страны Восточной Азии и Европы. В АСЕМ входит 51 страна, на которые приходится 2/3 мировой торговли и около 60% мирового валового продукта, и 2 международных организации (Европейская комиссия и секретариат АСЕАН).


Глава Представительства Европейского Союза в Украине Ян Томбинский отметил, что в Евросоюзе ожидают от саммита "Европа-Азия" в Милане нахождения путей для выполнения Минских договоренностей о прекращении огня с учетом территориальной целостности Украины.

"Со стороны Европейского Союза будет поддержка того, чтобы было найдено решение, и чтобы Минский договор был реализован. Сегодня мы не видим, что он был эффективно реализован", - подчеркнул Ян Томбинский.

16 октября, Президент Украины Петр Порошенко прибыл в Милан, где встретился с украинской диаспорой и поговорил с канцлером Германии Ангелой Меркель. Порошенко остался доволен встречей с канцлером. "Встреча прошла очень хорошо", - отметил он.

В ночь на пятницу, 17 октября, президент РФ Владимир Путин тоже провел встречу с канцлером Германии Ангелой Меркель. Изначально Меркель отказалась встречаться с Путиным в четверг из-за его опоздания в Милан.

Sammit ASEM Milan 201417 октября утром начались многосторонние переговоры в широком формате с участием Президента Украины Петра Порошенко, президента России Владимира Путина, канцлера Германии Ангелы Меркель, президента Франции Франсуа Олланда, премьер-министра Великобритании Дэвида Кемерона, президента Европейского Совета Германа ван Ромпея и председателя Европейской Комиссии Жозе-Мануэля Баррозу.

"Путин на встрече с Порошенко в Милане заявил, что Россия не хочет "разделенной Украины" и "замораживания кризиса" и назвал встречу "хорошей, позитивной". ", рассказал премьер Великобритании Дэвид Кэмерон.

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