Talks with terrorists again: Representatives of unrecognised Luhansk, Donetsk republics due in Minsk

The representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic (DPR) and Luhansk reople’s republic have confirmed their participation in a meeting of the trilateral contact group on Ukraine, reports.

The talks on Donbas are expected to be held on January, 16.

“I am on my way to Minsk. All the rest is to be settled in the course of our negotiations,” Vladislav Deinego, a representative of the LPR, said on Thursday.

The DPR negotiator for the settlement, Denis Pushilin, will also leave for Minsk on Thursday to take part in the contact group talks.

At that, Dzmitry Mironchyk, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, said on Wednesday that the Ministry had not received any “consolidated” request from the trilateral contact group on Ukraine for permission for it to meet in Minsk on January 16.

However, he stressed that the Belarusian side remained ‘ ready to provide all necessary conditions for the work of the contact group in Minsk as quickly as possible’.

The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners during OSCE-mediated talks on September 5 in the Belarusian capital. The ceasefire took effect the same day but de facto it has repeatedly been violated.

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