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26 Aug 2014

Ashton praises Belarus’ role in brokering Ukraine peace talks

Ashton praises Belarus’ role in brokering Ukraine peace talks

MINSK, 26 August (BelTA) – Belarus played an important role in arranging the meeting in Minsk to discuss the resolution of the Ukraine crisis, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton said as she met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.

Catherine Ashton stressed EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger and Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht also arrived in Minsk as part of the EU delegation.

First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the initiative to hold the meeting. This is an important event drawing attention to the events in Ukraine. It is very important that the leaders of the countries of the region get engaged in a dialogue, Catherine Ashton said.

Our position is clear: we support the choice of Ukraine, the path followed by the Ukrainian people, she said adding that for Ukraine it is important to have good relations with its neighbors and the EU.

Catherine Ashton expressed the hope that the meeting will help solve the challenges posed by the situation in Ukraine.

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