Minister for Reintegration of the Occupied Territories and Deputy Head of the Ukrainian delegation at the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas Oleksiy Reznikov has stated Russia agrees not to hold the meetings of the TCG in Minsk as he stated as Svoboda Slova TV show.
According to Reznikov, the representatives of Russia insisted on holding face-to-face meetings in Minsk, and the refusal of Ukraine could be treated as the “withdrawal” from Minsk Agreements.
“By his actions, Lukashenko destroyed the image of independent mediator and we will not come to Minsk. The Russians understood it. When they are asked, are you ready to meet offline, the Russians answer: “Yes, we are ready, but in the safe place”. Minsk is not mentioned,” Reznikov said.
Earlier, head of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk talks Leonid Kravchuk stated that peace talks to solve the Donbas conflict should be taking place in a neutral and democratic country, and Belarus is not an option now.