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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday she would seek to convey to Kiev authorities the importance of good relations both with EU countries and Russia.

ALPBACH, August 24 (RIA Novosti) - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday she would seek to convey to Kiev authorities the importance of good relations both with EU countries and Russia.

“You need good relations with your European neighbors; you need good relations with your Russian neighbors... This is the message that I will take to Minsk,” Ashton at a European political forum in the Austrian town of Alpbach.

On August 26, Minsk will host a summit between the leaders of Ukraine, the European Union, and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. According to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s press service, the meeting will address a number of urgent political and economic issues, including Ukraine’s European integration and the stabilization of the situation in eastern regions.

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