Minsk ready to host world leaders’ summit on Ukraine

Belarus is ready to host the world leaders’ meeting on the settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said on Monday.

“The Belarusian leadership has repeatedly said that we are ready to do everything for the speedy restoration of peace in Ukraine. We can only welcome the things that Ukrainian president Zelensky has voiced today,” he told news agency Sputnik.

Earlier, Vladimir Zelensky offered Vladimir Putin to come to Minsk and discuss the issues of Crimea and Donbas, According to him, US president Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron should also take part in the would-be summit.

“Need to talk? Yes, we do. Let’s talk. Let’s discuss whose Crimea is and who does not have any troops in Donbas… What about a venue? I think Alyaksandr Lukashenka would be happy to host us in Minsk,” the Ukrainian president said.

According to the minister, if the sides agree on the meeting, Belarus will do its best to make all the arrangements.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has also supported the idea of holding the talks in Minsk.

“With regard to the proposals concerning the participants of the meeting, all remember that the Belarusian president has repeatedly said that it was us, the three Slavic nations, that should solve this problem. Not the Europeans, not the Americans, but us if we do not want it to turn into a frozen conflict following the example of other hot spots in the post-Soviet space (this topic was raised during the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine last year). But since attempts to solve the problem in such a format have failed and since one of the parties to the conflict, namely Ukraine, insists and suggests inviting other players, then we will support this format,” the statement by the press service of the Belarusian president reads.

Lukashenka has repeatedly offered Belarus’ assistance to deconflict the situation in Donbas and express readiness to play the role of a mediator.

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