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Munich Security Conference kicks off in Minsk

The participants will discuss the latest developments in Donbas conflict and Minsk peace process
13:48, 31 October 2018

Munich Security Conference

Minsk, the capital city of Belarus hosts the Munich Security Conference 2018 - for the second time this year. The key topics for discussion are the ongoing armed conflict in Donbas and the Minsk peace process.

'As tensions between East and West continue to rise, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) sees the imperative to maintain open channels of communication, foster mutual understanding and tend dependable personal networks at the highest political levels. Against this background, the MSC has decided to hold its next Core Group Meeting in Minsk', reads the message on the MSC's website.

Heads of states, prime ministers, top-level diplomats and leaders of special services and research centers attend the conference, where the main events take place on October 31 and November 1.

Munich Security Conference is considered the major global forum in terms of regional and international security matters.

As we reported earlier, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel is to pay a visit to Kyiv on Thursday, November 1 to discuss the implementation of Minsk Agreements with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Ulrike Demmer, the official representative of Germany’s Government, said this to the press, Interfax-Ukraine reports. 'Bilateral relationships will be the core of the talks,' Demmer said. The politicians will also discuss the situation in the Donbas conflict zone and 'the implementation of Minsk Agreements'.

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