Russian footballers must ‘force own game’ on Belgium in Sochi friendly match — coachSport March 27, 20:34
UN denies rumors of Staffan de Mistura’s resignationWorld March 27, 20:16
Prominent Russian lawyer vows to look into detention of journalists during Moscow ralliesRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 27, 20:05
Kremlin says world chess tournaments should go as planned despite FIDE’s presidential rowSport March 27, 19:32
Ukrainian politician says Kiev turns deaf ear to public pleas to end Donbass blockadeWorld March 27, 19:17
Serbia to get Russian MiG-29 fighter jets 'within weeks'Military & Defense March 27, 18:51
Putin wants Russian Guard to ensure security at FIFA World CupMilitary & Defense March 27, 18:35
Russia's Novatek to invest almost $417 million in shipyard for Arctic projectsBusiness & Economy March 27, 18:34
Expert notes China’s new Silk Road plan should address geopoliticsWorld March 27, 18:03
KIEV, August 23, 17:36 /ITAR-TASS/. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday supported the upcoming talks between Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, and EU senior officials to be held in Minsk next week.
“President Poroshenko is ready for discussions in Minsk, including on a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU,” Merkel said at a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday.
She said the EU would discuss how to avoid unnecessary complications in trade with Russia.
“President Poroshenko wants to achieve a peaceful settlement in the east (of Ukraine), and Germany wants to facilitate this process. I hope the negotiations we support will lead to peace,” she said.
Merkel said she was hopeful that the proposed peace plan could be successful if both sides wished so.