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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in Kiev that she expects the Customs Union-Ukraine-EU meeting in Minsk on August 26 to be successful.

KIEV, August 23 (RIA Novosti) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in Kiev that she expects the Customs Union-Ukraine-EU meeting in Minsk on August 26 to be successful.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is planning to attend the Minsk talks to address “directly and indirectly” Ukraine's European integration and the stabilization of the situation in the eastern regions of the country, Merkel reminded.

"There must be two sides to be successful. You cannot achieve peace on your own. I hope the talks with Russia will lead to success," the chancellor added.

On August 26, the Belarusian capital of Minsk will host a meeting between Ukraine, the European Union, and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event.

According to Poroshenko’s press service, the meeting will address a number of urgent political and economic issues, including a peaceful settlement to end the conflict in eastern regions of Ukraine. The president expressed hope for positive results in the talks.

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Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Customs Union, EU, Petro Poroshenko
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