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Vladimir Putin had a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit

October 17, 2014, Milan

The President met, in particular, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom he discussed the situation in Ukraine. Mr Putin and Mr Abe confirmed their readiness to hold another bilateral meeting at the APEC Summit in Beijing.

The Russian leader also met with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. Mr Putin and Mr Barroso made a brief review of their cooperation and its results, and agreed to continue their contacts after Mr Barroso steps down from his post following a planned rotation.

Mr Putin had a brief conversation with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, with whom he discussed details of his participation in the upcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane.

The President also met with President of Romania Traian Basescu, with whom he briefly discussed the main aspects of bilateral relations.

In addition, the President of Russia met with the secretary of Italy’s Lega Nord political party, Matteo Salvini.

October 17, 2014, Milan