Nothing is yet official but it seems that the Minks talks have gone well and all parties involved reached an agreement. What is the content of the agreement is yet to be published. Let us all hope peace will be reached and all bloodshed in Ukraine will stop.
Wednesday, February 11
A document that is planned to be signed after the talks is being reviewed by both the “Normandy summit” members and by the contact group, Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey said.
“To achieve a positive result, the approval of all participants is required,” he said.
The four leaders are planning to sign a joint declaration on the implementation of the Minsk agreement, a source in the Belarusian capital has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“The signing of a joint declaration on the implementation of the Minsk agreements is planned,” the source said.
It is also expected that a tripartite contact group in Minsk will agree on implementation plan for the Minsk agreements. "It is expected that the leaders of the ‘Normandy format’ will support this plan," he added.
The Normandy 4 and the host, Belarus President Aleksander Lukashenko - appeared for a brief photo call after two hours of negotiations. After posing for several shots without comment, the leaders went back to the negotiating table.
President Poroshenko left the room where talks between the leaders have been taking place. He continued to the second floor of the palace, but was back in about 15 minutes.
All sides of the talks are “willing to reach positive results,” Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey has said.
“We have had an opportunity to speak to each of the sides and we see that each [of them] is willing to reach a positive result,” he said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.
The Minsk talks have continued in an expanded format. Putin, Hollande, Merkel, and Poroshenko have been joined by their states’ foreign ministers, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
After the talks a joint document on Ukraine will be signed, Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus Mykhailo Yezhel said, RIA Novosti reports.
The United Nations expects the Normandy Four negotiations in Minsk to result in a cessation of hostilities in the east of Ukraine, Stefan Dyuzharrik, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has said.
"We look forward to positive results,” Dyuzharrik said. “We want to see a cessation of hostilities and to reach an agreement, which will be followed by all parties."