Ambassador: Kyiv ready to be a mediator in dialog between Minsk and Brussels

Ukraine is ready to be a mediator in the process of normalizing relations between Belarus and the European Union, Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk Roman Bezsmertny has said.

"Last summer, President Viktor Yanukovych, Foreign Minister [Kostiantyn Hryschenko] and Verkhovna Rada Chairman [Volodymyr Lytvyn] spoke about the possibility of mediation," he said in an interview with Interfax-West, while commenting on an initiative by the Ukrainian parliament speaker to mediate in the dialog between the Belarusian parliament and the European Parliament.

Bezsmertny said that "the status of mediation is determined not only by the side that offers its services, but also by those who want to hold a dialog."

"Ukraine is ready to offer its assistance and participate in this process if the parties wish to accept such a process," the ambassador said.

He said that Ukraine was against Euronest (the Parliamentary Assembly of the Eastern Partnership initiative) beginning its work without the participation of Belarus.

"Almost ten million people [in Belarus] are at the heart of Europe. In any case, Belarus should participate in all forms of cooperation on the European continent," Bezsmertny said


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