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Poroshenko set to hold talks with G7 leaders ahead of May 25–27 summit

Extending sanctions against Russia is high on the agenda.

Poroshenko set to hold talks with G7 leaders ahead of May 25–27 summit

President Petro Poroshenko intends to hold talks with the leaders of the "Great Seven" (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan) nations on the eve of the G7 summit to be held May 25–27 in Italy.

"I'm going to consult with the G7 leaders in the near future... to qualitatively prepare for the summit," he said.

In particular, Poroshenko intends to visit Berlin on May 20 to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss preparations for the "Normandy format" meeting (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia).

After that, the President is scheduled to hold meetings and telephone conversations with other G7 leaders.

Poroshenko said he was going to discuss extending sanctions against Russia for 12 rather than six months and how to motivate Russia to stop aggression against Ukraine.

Poroshenko is on official visit to Malta from 16 to 17 May.

On May 17, Poroshenko will visit Strasbourg to sign a document on granting Ukraine a visa-free travel.