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30 August 2019, 09:26

FM: U.S. delegation saw Belarus' determination to help settle Ukraine conflict

Vladimir Makei. An archive photo
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo

MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – The Belarus-USA talks in Minsk focused on security matters, including efforts to settle the situation in Ukraine, Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told reporters commenting on the results of the talks with U.S. President's National Security Advisor John Bolton on 29 August, BelTA has learned.

“At today's talks with John Bolton, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko voiced a well-known stance on the situation in Ukraine and our proposals to resolve the conflict. The Belarusian side believes that the parties involved should be sincerely interested in the crisis resolution. Amidst the arguments about whether the United States should join this conflict settlement format, the main thing is to resolve the conflict,” the minister noted. “If the involvement of the United States and other countries will make this process faster, then who will be against? I think everyone will agree with that,” Vladimir Makei said.

The minister noted that Aleksandr Lukashenko drew particular attention to this matter during the talks. The president emphasized that Belarus is doing and will keep doing everything possible to overcome this conflict. “The work of the OSCE's trilateral contact group was also mentioned, just like the Normandy format meeting several years ago,” Vladimir Makei said.

He noted that the U.S. delegation left Belarus with a clear understanding that Belarus is ready to do everything it can to resolve the situation in the neighboring state as soon as possible.

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