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    Luxembourg PM Bettel to Meet With Putin, Medvedev, Visit Ukraine

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    Xavier Bettel will meet with Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in the next few weeks.

    LUXEMBOURG (Sputnik) — Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announced on Wednesday his visit to Russia and Ukraine in the next few weeks.

    Luxembourg currently holds presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    "I informed the [NATO] Secretary General that I will visit Moscow to meet with President [Vladimir] Putin and Prime Minister [Dmitry] Medvedev in the next few weeks, and I will also visit Ukraine," Bettel said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    Bettel added that he planned to discuss the Ukrainian and Syrian crises, immigration and terrorism with the Russian leadership.

    The Luxembourg prime minister said Moscow played an integral part in resolving major international issues.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed earlier on Wednesday that there was a preliminary agreement concerning a meeting between Putin and Bettel but the date had not yet been set.


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