Ukrainian president says cautiously optimistic about Minsk meeting

NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4 Thu Sep 4, 2014 2:49pm EDT

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NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was cautiously optimistic about a meeting on Friday aimed at ending the conflict in Ukraine.

Poroshenko has said he would order a ceasefire on Friday, provided a planned meeting in Minsk of envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Europe's OSCE security watchdog went ahead.

Speaking at a news conference at a NATO summit, Poroshenko voiced "careful optimism" about the meeting.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the world "must respond determinedly if Russia were to intervene further in Ukraine -- respond through deeper, broader, tougher economic sanctions that would definitely hurt the Russian economy and isolate Russia further." (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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