Ukraine intends to get moved face-to-face talks of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (TCG) from Minsk, Ukrainska Pravda reports with reference to Oleksiy Reznikov, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings of the group are being held via videolink.
“We have made it plain in the strongest terms that we will not take part in the TCG meetings if the quarantine suddenly ends and there is a proposal to continue having consultations in Minsk,” he said.
According to the top official, the Ukrainian delegation is not going to send its members to Minsk anymore; ‘another country and another city’ is to be appointed for the meetings, because ‘anti-Ukrainian rhetoric’ has livened up in Belarus, Reznikov believes.
“As Belarus is still under the influence of the Russian Federation at the time being, we cannot put our trust in this territory,” he explained.
On the back of post-election protests in Belarus, Leonid Kravchuk, the Plenipotentiary Representative of Ukraine in the Contact Group and the first president of the country, told Ukrainian Radio in August that another venue for the group’s talks might be chosen, e.g. somewhere in Switzerland or Sweden.
The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (also known as the Trilateral Contract Group for the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in Eastern Ukraine) is a group of representatives from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe that was formed in the spring of 2014; its major goal is facilitating a diplomatic resolution to the war in Donbas.