Ukraine’s Foreign Minister comments on proposal to move Donbas negotiations from Minsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

The venue of the negotiations are held doesn’t matter, he said
08:23, 20 January 2018

The place where Trilateral Contact Group meetings are held doesn’t matter for reaching a result, Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“The place of the format doesn’t matter essentially… It’s essential that we, unfortunately, don’t forge ahead in this process as Russia fundamentally doesn’t want to commit to any obligations and the reason is very simple: preserve what it is in occupied Donbas as a Russian colony,” he said.

According to Klimkin, Minsk was chosen as a negotiation venue due to “relative neutrality of Belarus” and good logistics. 

Previously US President Donald Trump suggested to move the Minsk talks on resolving the conflict in Ukraine someplace else and discussed it with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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