(QHA) -

The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus are meeting in Kazakhstan today and discussions will include Ukraine.

The meeting in Astana was originally scheduled for March 12 and 13, but Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled out at the last minute, sparking rumors, denied by the Kremlin, over his health.

His cancellation also came with Putin strangely absent from the public spotlight.

According to TASS, Putin, Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev will discuss prospects for greater economic cooperation, the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union, among other issues, including the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The trilateral meeting between Putin, Lukashenko and Nazarbaev, scheduled for March 13 in Kazakhstan’s capital, was postponed last week “because of the tight schedules” of the three leaders.