MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – In an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei ridiculed the recent proposal of Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk to relocate the Donbass peace talks from Belarus to Poland, BelTA informs.
“As for the statement of Mr. Kravchuk, the president of Belarus has said many times that we did not impose our mediation services to anyone. We got involved in this process at the request of Ukraine, Germany, Russia, and France. We conscientiously carried out the duties that we were asked to do: arranging the work (organizational matters, protocol, technical assistance) of the trilateral contact group. There were no complaints regarding our work. We received gratitude from the Ukrainian side, from Russia and from the OSCE,” the foreign minister noted.
According to him, this kind of ‘uproar' around this statement exposes the unwillingness of certain Ukrainian politicians to comply with the arrangements that were reached in Minsk. “It doesn't matter where these meetings are held, be it even in Antarctica. The main thing is achieving a meaningful result,” the minister stressed.
“Well, this proposal by Mr. Kravchuk sounds ridiculous to me. He suggested holding meetings of the trilateral contact group in what he called a ‘neutral' country, for example, in Poland. Laughing out loud. I don't know where Mr. Kravchuk is from, but you know, this joke of his is worthy of the pen of the late Odessa resident Mikhail Zhvanetsky. No country in the whole world is probably more ‘neutral' than Poland,” Vladimir Makei said.
He once again stressed that Belarus did not crave the laurels of a peacemaker. “We were asked to assist in resolving the crisis in eastern Ukraine, and we did our best to fulfill this request. If they no longer want to convene here - we are okay with it, let them look for another place. However, this is just a trick. The point is that all parties should be sincerely interested in an early settlement of the crisis in eastern Ukraine, and not in attempts to bypass the Minsk agreements,” the minister concluded.