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20 February 2018, 12:36

CIS states extremely interested in peace, stability in Ukraine

Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo
Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo

MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – The Commonwealth of Independent States is extremely interested in peace and stability in Ukraine, BelTA learned from Sergei Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary.

The official said: “We are extremely interested in the arrival of peace and stability in Ukraine as soon as possible. It is regularly mentioned at all sessions of top CIS bodies, primarily the Foreign Ministers Council. I think the matter will be raised during the session of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council in Minsk on 6 April. All the ministers of foreign affairs are in favor of bringing the resolution closer.”

Sergei Lebedev remarked that many countries put efforts into helping resolve the situation in Ukraine. “First of all, I should mention Belarus where regular Minsk meetings take place,” said the official. Russia provides humanitarian aid. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine talked over the phone lately. The Russian and Ukrainian ministers of foreign affairs had a meeting in Munich. “A dialogue is in progress. The most important thing, our common desire is for the dialogue to produce the desired results,” noted Sergei Lebedev.

Sergei Lebedev reminded that the Commonwealth of Independent States is not directly involved in the resolution of the situation in Ukraine but “indirectly we certainly work towards bringing about a resolution of the problem as soon as possible”. Representatives of the CIS states talk about this matter and express readiness to provide maximum assistance.

Sergei Lebedev went on saying that Ukraine continues attending CIS meetings, most often as an observer. In particular, the country takes an active part in sessions of the economic affairs commission by putting forward proposals and making statements.

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