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Russian president to attend Ukraine summit in Berlin

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L, front), Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (2nd R, front), Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, front) and France's President Francois Hollande (Reuters Photo)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L, front), Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (2nd R, front), Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, front) and France's President Francois Hollande (Reuters Photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend a summit on Ukraine to be hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday, her office has confirmed.

A German government statement Tuesday said that Merkel invited Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande to "assess the implementation of the Minsk (peace) agreements since the last meeting and discuss further steps."

The meeting will be the first time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis in early 2014 that Putin will officially visit Berlin.

Putin will also join French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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