Putin and Barroso discuss recent decision to postpone enforcement of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement

Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso discussed a number of key topics on the Russia-European Union agenda over the phone on Monday evening, the Kremlin press service has reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso discussed a number of key topics on the Russia-European Union agenda over the phone on Monday evening, the Kremlin press service has reported.

The sides paid great attention to the practical implementation of an agreement, achieved during trilateral consultations in Brussels on September 12, to postpone the enforcement of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement until January 1, 2016.

Putin and Barroso also reiterated the importance of further dialogue on ways to ensure undisrupted shipments of Russian natural gas to Europe across Ukraine, the Kremlin press service said.

When exchanging opinions concerning the settlement of Ukraine's conflict, the Russian leader and the European Commission president underscored the need for the sides to strictly abide by the existing ceasefire, it said.

For its part, the European Commission said in a statement that during their telephone conversation on Monday, Barroso and Putin "marked their agreement with the joint conclusions reached in the Trilateral talks" on September 12.

"These conclusions should be implemented, and on the EU side this will now be discussed with the Member States," according to the statement.

"The two Presidents also discussed the energy situation, and it was agreed that a trilateral meeting at ministerial level should take place. Russia will propose a date for this very shortly," it said.

"President Barroso underlined the need for a full respect of the 12-point ceasefire plan [for Ukraine] agreed in Minsk," the European Commission said in its statement.

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