The delegation that Ukraine sent for negotiations with the Russians arrived by helicopter at the place of negotiations, RIA Novosti reports.
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Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine started today in the Gomel region, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed.
The delegations were welcomed by Vladimir Makei, head of the administration of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
"You can feel completely safe. It is our sacred duty!" Makei said, Ukrainian paper Justice reports.
The paper states that the beginning of the meeting was broadcast online, but that the broadcast was later turned off at the request of the Russian side. The Russian delegation is led by the adviser to the head of state Vladimir Medinsky, and it also includes the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrej Rudenko, the Deputy Minister of Defense Aleksandar Fomin and the Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Duma Leonid Slutsky, according to TASS.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov is the head of the Ukrainian delegation, which includes the adviser to the Chief of Staff Mikhail Podoljak, the leader of the Servant of the People Davyd Arakhamia, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov, the head of the Ukrainian Trilateral Contact Group Andrei Kostin, MP Rustem Umerov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolai Tochitsky.
⚡️ Ukrainian delegation has arrived for talks with Russia – negotiations expected to start in 30 mins (RIA Novosti) pic.twitter.com/S9eO8gABrP