A Russian delegation is traveling to Brussels to participate in negotiations on Ukraine's association agreement with the European Union.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the on May 17 visit by the Russian delegation after his talks on May 10 in Moscow with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Putin said he and Merkel discussed the need to continue negotiations on Ukraine's association agreement "with regard to Russian economic interests."
Russia's Economic Development Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev is heading the Kremlin's delegation to the trilateral talks with the European Commission.
Most of the talks will take place on May 18, but some meetings could take place on May 19.
Ukraine's delegation is led by Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin while the European Commission is represented by Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem.
The Kremlin has submitted a list to the European Commission of how it thinks Russia's economy will be hurt by Ukraine's trade deal with the European Union.
With reporting by RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak in Brussels and Interfax-Ukraine