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Lavrov Says Uninformed of Possible International Conference on Ukraine

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he has not heard of a possible international conference on settling the Ukrainian conflict, adding that there was «no reason to reinvent the wheel» since the Minsk format already existed.

“If we’re talking about some new suggestion of holding a political conference on settling the situation in Ukraine, then I haven’t heard of one but I’m sure we don’t need to reinvent the wheel,” Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in Minsk.
“The Minsk format of the contact group exists and is the only format today where Kiev authorities and participants from the southeast are represented along with Russia and the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe],” Lavrov added.
Ukraine has been carrying out a military operation in the country’s southeast since April, after its population refused to accept the legitimacy of the government installed after coup in February and established people’s republics that later declared independence
In an effort to break the deadlock in the month-long conflict, a trilateral contact group on Ukraine, consisting of the representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, was created in June.
The group was devoted to facilitating dialogue between Kiev and independence supporters. The Belarusian capital, Minsk hosted a series of the Contact Group meetings.
The September 5 meeting in Minsk resulted in a breakthrough agreement leading to the establishment of a ceasefire in the volatile eastern regions of Ukraine. Another Contact Group meeting in the Belarusian capital on September 19 resulted in a memorandum, specifying the implementation of the ceasefire. Since the establishment of the truce, both sides have frequently accused each other of numerous violations.

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