Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands in Minsk on Tuesday, marking their first ‘face to face’ meeting since June.
According to EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton, also in Belarus to back the talks, the meeting between both leaders was “cordial but positive”.
“There was a sense in which the onus was on everyone to see if they could do their best to try to resolve this,” Ashton told reporters.
After holding a 2 hour conversation with Putin, Poroshenko said a ‘ceasefire plan’ will be prepared to end the fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
Ashton also called for ensuring border security, after Russian troops were caught on Ukrainian territory.
“We called for a ceasefire linked to the proper management of borders, the importance of ensuring that humanitarian support reached people in the proper manner in full line with international law, and of course the political process.” Ashton said.
Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, also in Minsk, said that Russia, Ukraine and the EU would meet to resume gas talks in Moscow, later this month.
Earlier in June, energy negotiations broke down between Russia and Ukraine, after a dispute over gas pricing and debt.