Trump wants to move Ukraine talks from Minsk

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Trump wants to move Ukraine talks from Minsk

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US President Donald Trump advocated the moving of the Donbass negotiations from Minsk to the capital of another state. He voiced this idea during a meeting with the head of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev after the meeting of the UN Security Council. Nazarbayev told media about the conversation and the initiative voiced by Trump.

According to the Kazakh president, the heads of state agreed that the Minsk talks had reached a deadlock because of a lack of mutual understanding between the parties. After the recognition of this fact, Trump, according to Nazarbayev, proposed to hold talks elsewhere.

"In general, this was originally supposed to be taking place in Kazakhstan. I traveled to gather everyone to meet there. So we agreed that we would work in this direction," RIA Novosti quotes Nazarbayev as saying.

The President of Kazakhstan also advocated the introduction of peacekeepers in the Donbass, whose task would be to define the borders. This step, according to Nazarbayev, could contribute to the development of mutual understanding.

Several days ago the first 2018 meeting of the tripartite contact group took place in Minsk.  It discussed the observance of the ceasefire in the region, the creation of security zones in the Donbass, the further exchange of prisoners, as well as the law adopted this week by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the reintegration of the Donbas. In addition, the schedule of Minsk meetings until the end of next summer was agreed.