World Cup To Put Ukraine, Russia Leaders In Same Arena – Yahoo Sports

Brazilian officials did not know whether the Russian and Ukrainian presidents would hold bilateral talks but they will sit down at the same table at a lunch with Rousseff and other foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We haven’t prepared any separate meeting, but we have been informed that he will also be there,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. “There will be a separate table inside the stadium for the leaders, so it is of course impossible to rule out that they could meet.” Poroshenko’s visit comes as his forces are making a push against rebels in the east of the country despite European calls for a truce. “The president of Ukraine confirmed Friday that he will go to the final,” a Brazilian presidency spokesman told AFP on Saturday. Putin, whose country will host the 2018 World Cup, confirmed his attendance weeks ago. His visit is part of a string of summits that Rousseff is hosting after the final, starting with bilateral talks with Putin on Monday, giving the Russian leader a platform amid frayed relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis.
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