Savchenko’s release may help implement Minsk agreement – Belarus MFA

The Belarusian authorities are hopeful of the improvement of the negotiations on conflict in the Donbas after Nadiya Savchenko’s coming back to Ukraine.

On May 25, the presidential aircraft took Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko who had been in custody in Russia since July 2014 to Kyiv; she was swapped for two Russian GRU officers.

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“Belarus welcomes the fact that Russia and Ukraine removed one issue from the agenda which had long served as a hindrance to the substantive discussion of the ways to implement the Minsk agreement and make progress towards a peaceful settlement in the east of Ukraine. We hope that this will have a positive impact on the entire negotiation process,” Dzmitry Mironchyk, spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Wednesday.

According to him, Belarus will provide maximum support to the work of the tripartite contact group and its working groups, will ensure all necessary conditions for the Minsk process to continue.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian top officials state that the Russian side has greatly increased the intensity of attacks on Ukrainian army positions by using Minsk-banned heavy weapons placed in the residential neighborhoods of occupied settlements.

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