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Minsk talks in Normandy format: leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia go to Belarus

The Minsk talks, which will be held today in the Normandy format, are perhaps the last chance to settle the conflict in the Donbas peacefully.

Minsk talks in Normandy format: leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia go to Belarus

Today in Minsk, there will be held the talks with the participation of the Normandy Four. The leaders of France and Germany, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel, went to the capital of Belarus for the talks to resolve the conflict in the Donbas, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Elysee Palace.

The Kremlin press service is also informed that Russian President Vladimir Putin went to Minsk to participate in the negotiations.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that in Minsk he would demand peace without any conditions – cease-fire, withdrawal of foreign troops, or border closure.

It should be recalled that yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama had a telephone conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. They discussed "escalating violence" in the Donbas, as well as "Russia's ongoing support for the separatists" there. Obama said the United States would not abandon its support for "the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." He urged Putin to use the chance to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the conflict at the meeting in the Normandy format – with the leaders of Germany, France, and Ukraine.