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EU's Juncker, Mogherini Postpone Kyiv Visit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left) and EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini (right) meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Brussels last month.

BRUSSELS -- EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini has postponed a planned visit to Ukraine on March 30 after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did the same.

President Petro Poroshenko's office said on March 28 that Juncker told Poroshenko he was postponing his visit for health reasons.

Juncker's spokesman, Margaritis Schinas, said on Twitter that the postponement was due to the "need for minor outpatient treatment for kidney stones."

An EU official said on March 30 that Mogherini was not going to Kyiv, either.

Juncker and Mogherini had been expected to express support for Ukraine's pro-Western government, which is struggling with a Russian-backed rebellion in the east and severe economic troubles.

Schinas said an EU-Ukraine summit remains set for April 27.

With reporting by UNIAN, TASS, and Interfax
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