Negotiations contact group on the Donbass in Minsk

Alyaksandr Lukashenka / Reuters

The EU and Belarus have “a common problem and trouble” – Ukraine, Belarus president tells outgoing EU envoy.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Leanid Kuchma / BELTA

The ex-President of Ukraine has been appointed Ukrainian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group and has arrived in Minsk.

Zapad 2017 military exercise in Belarus. Image:

Belarus Army's manpower does not exceed 65000, including nearly 16 000 civilian contractors.

Belarus and Kazakh Presidents Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Nursultan Nazarbayev. File photo:

The Belarus president insists there is no alternative to Minsk as the venue for the Ukraine crisis talks.


Belarus Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makei urges a need to deploy peacekeepers in Donbass, to draw US into the talks.

Minsk Dialogue expert Yauhen Preyherman

It will be harder for Belarus to convince the Kremlin why we are of a better use as a venue for talks than a home to their bases.

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine Martin Sajdik has mentioned the fact.

Ukraine Parliament Vice Speaker Irina Gerashchenko was declared persona non grata at the initiative of Russia.

A Ukraine's senior official gets a temporary permit to enter Belarus valid through May 25 for Minsk group talks after Russia ban.