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Belarusian track remains central for talks between Russia, Ukraine, Lavrov says

On March 10, the Russian Foreign Minister held a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba

ANTALYA, March 10. /TASS/. The Belarusian track for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine is the main one, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his Ukrainian and Turkish counterparts Dmitry Kuleba and Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday.

"The conversation today confirmed that this [Belarusian] track has no alternatives," the Russian top diplomat said.

He noted that Russia agreed with the proposal by Turkish colleagues to hold talks with the Ukrainian side proceeding from the premise that Moscow "supports any contacts on issues lying at the foundation of the current Ukrainian crisis and on issues concerning the ways to resolve it."

"We indicated from the start that these contacts should have an added value," Lavrov emphasized. "We are proceeding from the premise that they won’t be used, above all, by our Ukrainian colleagues who are doing such things regularly in order to switch or devalue the real main negotiating track that is developing at the level of the two delegations in Belarus," he explained.