‘Concerning’ talks about Ukraine in Belarus

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus 0
'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus 0

From left to right, President of host country Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, present in Minsk, capital of Belarus, on February 11

From left to right, President of host country Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, present in Minsk, capital of Belarus, on February 11

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

`The whole world is waiting to see if the situation changes in the direction of de-escalation, withdrawal of weapons, ceasefire or becomes out of control again,` Mr. Poroshenko said upon arriving in Minsk.

`The whole world is waiting to see if the situation changes in the direction of de-escalation, withdrawal of weapons, ceasefire or becomes out of control again,` Mr. Poroshenko said upon arriving in Minsk.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) shakes hands with President Putin in the presence of French President Hollande.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) shakes hands with President Putin in the presence of French President Hollande.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

During the meeting, the two leaders of Russia and Ukraine shook hands for a moment, and Mr. Poroshenko walked towards Mr. Putin without smiling.

During the meeting, the two leaders of Russia and Ukraine shook hands for a moment, and Mr. Poroshenko walked towards Mr. Putin without smiling.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

The talks lasted more than 10 hours.

The talks lasted more than 10 hours.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

President Poroshenko yawned as the meeting lasted all night.

President Poroshenko yawned as the meeting lasted all night.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

Valeriy Chaly, assistant to the President of Ukraine, posted on Facebook that a `battle of nerves` was taking place in Minsk.

Valeriy Chaly, assistant to the President of Ukraine, posted on Facebook that a `battle of nerves` was taking place in Minsk.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

The meeting took place in a context where fighting is still fierce in eastern Ukraine, European countries are concerned that the US may send lethal weapons to Ukraine and Russia’s economy is further impaired due to US sanctions.

The meeting took place in a context where fighting is still fierce in eastern Ukraine, European countries are concerned that the US may send lethal weapons to Ukraine and Russia’s economy is further impaired due to US sanctions.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

The European Union (EU) lost 20 billion EUR due to sanctions, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, announced, while Washington in fact increased trade with Moscow.

The European Union (EU) lost 20 billion EUR due to sanctions, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, announced, while Washington in fact increased trade with Moscow.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

Reporters waited in the lobby of the Palace of Freedom, waiting for news from the meeting.

Reporters waited in the lobby of the Palace of Freedom, waiting for news from the meeting.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

While negotiations were taking place, pro-Russian separatists announced that the Ukrainian army continued to shell a hospital in Donetsk, killing one person and injuring seven people.

While negotiations were taking place, pro-Russian separatists announced that the Ukrainian army continued to shell a hospital in Donetsk, killing one person and injuring seven people.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that the talks would last all night.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that the talks would last all night.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

The image shows a room in the Freedom Palace prepared for leaders to sign a document after the meeting.

The image shows a room in the Freedom Palace prepared for leaders to sign a document after the meeting.

'Concerning' talks about Ukraine in Belarus

Reuters reported that after about 13 hours of negotiations, the four leaders participating in the negotiations left the meeting room for a break and it seemed they were moving towards a new ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

Reuters reported that after about 13 hours of negotiations, the four leaders participating in the negotiations left the meeting room for a break and it seemed they were moving towards a new ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

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