Russian President Vladimir Putin said talks with his Ukrainian counterpart on ending separatist fighting that's killed more than 2,000 people were "positive" as the parties began discussions on a political resolution.


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union had preliminarily agreed to hold new talks on resolving a gas-pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Sept. 26, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.

"We are preliminarily discussing three-party talks for Sept. 26," Novak told journalists in Sochi, Itar-Tass news agency reported. Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union were happy with the date, according to Interfax.


(Reporting by Alexander Winning, editing by Elizabeth Piper)