MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Astana on March 12-13 to meet with the leaders of Kazakhstan and Belarus following an invitation of his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Kremlin press service said Monday.
According to the Kremlin, the three leaders will discuss a range of issues, including the situation in Ukraine.
Last month, it was announced that the Kazakh capital of Astana could hold the next meeting of leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on Ukrainian reconciliation.
Last April, Kiev launched a military operation against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine. Despite two ceasefire agreements reached by the conflicting sides, the death toll continues to rise. More than 6,000 people have been killed in fighting, according to UN estimates.