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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Hosts Sochi Meeting of EEC

The leaders of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan arrived in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday for a three-day informal summit with President Vladimir Putin.

The meeting of the Eurasian Economic Community, an organization aimed at fostering economic cooperation, will focus on energy and customs issues, Interfax reported.

Putin will also meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who came to Sochi as an observer on Tuesday on his first official visit since assuming his post Aug. 4.

Putin and Yanukovych are expected to hold extensive talks focusing on the supply of natural gas to Ukraine. Yanukovych has also indicated that he will bring up the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.