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Russia, Belarus foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine at talks in Minsk

June 12, 2014, 17:32 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, June 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian and Belarusian foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Vladimir Makei, will meet on June 15-16 to discuss foreign political issues, including the current situation in the conflict-torn Ukraine, a spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Mironchik told reporters on Thursday.

“Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to pay a working visit to Belarus on June 15 to 16 for talks with Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei,” he said.

Mironchik said that the agenda of the talks included co-operation between Russia and Belarus, in particular a program for coordinated steps in foreign policies of the two states, which form the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

Bilateral partnership is marked by high intensity and is underpinned by planned management, he said.

“Certainly, pressing regional issues, including Ukraine, will be on the table,” the diplomat told ITAR-TASS.

On June 5, speaking about Lavrov’s forthcoming visit to Minsk, the spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich, said that “bilateral relations are to come under discussion in the context of agreements that have been drafted and adopted in the first half of the current year during Russian-Belarusian top-level and high-level contacts.”

The talks are expected to focus on interaction of the two countries’ foreign ministries as well as preparations for their joint panel that is traditionally held in autumn.

“We also expect an exchange of views on important international and regional issues and the situation in Ukraine will be definitely in the limelight,” he said.

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