Politics and security subgroups of Minsk Trilateral Group gathered in Belarusian capital
11:47, 23 March 2016

Politics and security subgroups of Minsk Trilateral Group gathered in Belarusian capital

The country’s Foreign Ministry reported this on March 23

11:47, 23 March 2016


Ukraine’s representative in the political subgroup Roman Bezmsertny claimed that the Minsk group would discuss wide range of questions at its Wednesday meeting (Ukrainska Pravda). They include, in particular, verification of security in the conflict zone, justice in transition and opportunities to hold local elections in Donbas. The issues of wrongful sentence in Nadiya Savchenko’s case and travel ban for Ukrainian Presidential Envoy Iryna Gherashchenko that prevents her from entering Russia will also be raised, Bezsmertny said.  

On March 22, Russian court sentenced Ukraine's fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years in prison. The Ukrainian said she'd resume waterless hunger strike on April 6, when the court's decision takes effect. Her lawyer Mark Feygin said he'd continue to protect her interests and asked activists to join protest actions against Savchenko's illegal imprisonment in Russia.

Previously, Russian border guards banned Ukraine’s Presidential Envoy on Humanitarian Issues Iryna Gherashchenko from entering Russia, calling her persona non grata.

Roman Bezsmertny added that the terrorist acts in Brussels will “obviously have certain impact on the discussion in Minsk”.

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