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6 May 2015

Serious step made in Minsk to resolve Ukrainian crisis

Serious step made in Minsk to resolve Ukrainian crisis

MINSK, 6 May (BelTA) – A serious step to resolve the crisis in Ukraine was made in Minsk on 6 May, BelTA learned from Azamat Kulmukhametov, Russia’s representative in the contact group on Ukraine, after the group’s session in Minsk on 6 May.

“One can say that a serious step towards a peaceful political resolution of the crisis has been made today. After a number of difficulties as part of the fulfillment and development of the Minsk accords we have managed to arrange a meeting of the working groups, determine specific dates for them to begin working, and determine the matters that need to be discussed,” noted Azamat Kulmukhametov. “Naturally it is a very important event. The most important thing is that it has been achieved through direct dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk, and Lugansk. What has been achieved today gives serious grounds to believe in future advancement along the way of peaceful resolution.”

Serious step made in Minsk to resolve Ukrainian crisisAzamat Kulmukhametov thanked OSCE special representative Heidi Tagliavini and OSCE coordinators, who had taken part in the meeting of the working groups, for their work. He thanked the Belarusian side for the warm welcome extended to all the participants of the contact group. “Without this hospitality it would have been difficult for us to work and difficult to achieve the results we have achieved,” he said.

The representative of the Russian side said he believes that the meeting in Minsk would contribute to the cessation of fire and the resolution of further issues concerning security.

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