Talks between Lukashenka and Poroshenko have been held in Minsk.
On August 26 a meeting Ukraine-EU- the Eurasian Troika (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia) is to take place to discuss the issues related to implementation of the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement, on energy security and stabilization of the situation in Donbas. Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President, the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, the president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the EU Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht, Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Participants of the meeting started bilateral talks.
The meeting between Lukashenka and Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hopes that the outcome of the talks in Minsk in the format of the Customs Union – EU – Ukraine “will become peace in the Ukrainian land.”
He stated that at the meeting with Lukashenka in Minsk today, “Interfax” reports.
“I hope that the outcome of the meeting will be peace in Ukraine,” he said on Tuesday in Minsk.
“If today you and our colleagues would be able to reach an agreement which will bring peace, it would be a landmark event, and in our bilateral relations as well,” he said.
Ukrainian President has also expressed an opinion that the meeting in Minsk is not to become the only one, other meetings are to follow.
Poroshenko noted that one of the aims of the meeting in the Belarusian capital was to solve the problem of trade, economic and energy relations of Ukraine with the Customs Union.
Lukashenka stated that it was Ukraine which initiated the talks with the leaders of the CU’s “Troika” after signing the EU Association deal.
“It was your proposal to meet, to discuss everything unhurriedly, to come to decisions after signing the EU Association Agreement, but not in a haphazard way, and to sort out the situation which had emerged in Ukraine for that moment,” he said.
“And there was no more PR there. It was a proposal of Ukrainian president (to hold a meeting with the leaders of the Customs Union countries),” Lukashenka stressed. “I have done everything to let my colleagues (from the Customs Union) know your point of view,” Lukashenka continued.
At the same time the ruler emphasized: “If not for your will – we have discussed it often on the phone recently – this meeting would not have happened.” “This means that Ukraine is extremely interested in normalizing the situation in this country, in the center of Europe,” Lukashenka said.
Meeting of Nazarbayev and Poroshenko
The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev had a meeting with Ukrainian President Perto Poroshenko in Minsk on Tuesday.
Nazarbayev spoke in favour of a direct dialogue between the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and the Russian president Vladimir Putin with the aim to settle the situation in eastern Ukraine, Donbas, “Interfax” informs.
“I believe that the most important thing is for you to speak to Putin directly, face to face. The moment of truth is coming both for Russia and Ukraine, to my mind. This bloodshed cannot continue any longer,” Kazakhstani president said at the meeting with the President of Ukraine on Tuesday in Minsk.
He added that the sides should look for a compromise for speedy peace-making.
Besides, Nazarbayev stated his country is ready to offer humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine.
“If this conflict continues, it could snowball into a global standoff,” he said.
In his turn Poroshenko gave a positive evaluation of a possible meeting with Nazarbayev in Minsk, noting that Kazakhstan has always been and remains Ukraine’s good friend.
Experts do not believe in talks’ productivity
Ukraine's former foreign minister Volodymyr Ohryzko does not expect progress on the way to peace from today's talks in Belarusian capital between presidents of Ukraine and Russia Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin.
The diplomat said it to Obozrevatel.
“Frankly speaking, I do not expect any breakthroughs from the talks in Minsk. There's one simple reason: we are dealing with the country that does not respect any arrangements, that ignores and violates international law. The cost of even imaginary agreements is equal to zero. It is proved by talks and documents signed in Geneva and Berlin, not to mention tens of agreements that became laws in Russia after the ratification by the State Duma. The country that tramples on international law cannot be a serious partner at talks. I do not expect much from the summit,” the diplomat said.
Kyiv political scientist Dmytro Ponamarchuk believes that the meeting in Minsk does not promise any significant progress at least for the reason that it will not “even take place in a neutral territory”.
“Minsk is a territory of the state, which is Russia’s ally, a country, which is in fact is in the state of war with us”, - the expert told Kommersant.
Having noted that Petro Poroshenko will be in obvious minority at the summit, he added: “Not only the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan play for Vladimir Putin’s team, but also, in absentia, Angela Merkel”.