Belarus welcomes any progress, contributing to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. This is a reaction to the talks in Berlin of the Normandy Four leaders. Their main achievement was the agreement to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman:
As emphasized by the participants of yesterday's talks the Minsk agreements continue to be the main pillar of the process. We will do our best and utmost to ensure that the work of negotiators in Minsk also contributes to this process.
On the eve, after nearly five-hour talks of the Normandy Quartet, an agreement was reached to work out within a month a document containing the steps to implement the points of the Minsk agreements. The sides also touched on the extension of the OSCE mission and granting access to observers in all regions in the conflict zone.
The current meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France was the fourth in a row. In February 2015, Merkel, Putin, Hollande and Poroshenko held 17-hour negotiations in the Belarus capital, after which the so-called Minsk agreements were signed, which are now the basis for a peaceful resolution of the situation in the Donbass.