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Minsk Negotiations: Cease-fire and Withdrawal of Heavy Weapons
February 10, 2015 16:33


The members of the Minsk negotiations on the Ukrainian crisis agreed on a cease-fire and control over its implementation, as well as coordinated the scheme of withdrawal of heavy weapons.

It was reported by TASS on Tuesday, February 10, referring to its informed source. “The scheme of withdrawal of heavy weapons has been coordinated during the Minsk negotiations, the parties also agreed on a cease-fire and control over its implementation” - the agency’s interlocutor told. According to him, the negotiators also discussed the “state structure of Donbass and the procedure of local elections”.

After the negotiations the Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus said that no statements to the mass media were planned after the meeting. According to Pushilin, “DPR” and “LPR” presented a draft set of measures on resolution of the crisis situation during the talks. “We transmitted the draft protocol including a set of measures for military and political settlement to the participants of a tripartite contact group. The parties of the contact group took the draft and promised to give an answer after a break” – “” online edition quoted the words of the representative of “DPR”.

The next round of negotiations on the Ukrainian crisis was conducted on February 10 at the Reception Hall of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, in the residence “Dipservice Hall” in the centre of Minsk. The Ukrainian party at the negotiations in Minsk was represented by the Special Representative for Humanitarian Affairs, the leader of the public organization “Ukrainian Choice” Viktor Medvedchuk and former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk “People's Republics” were presented by Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, respectively. The negotiations were also attended by the Special Representative of the Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Heidi Tagliavini, and the Russian ambassador to Kiev Mikhail Zurabov.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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