Belarus confirms no Ukraine peace talks to be held in Minsk on Friday

Minsk, Belarus: Ukrainian and pro-Russian rebels will not be meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Friday for what Kiev had hoped would be the signing of a final peace deal, a Belarussian official said.

"There will be no contact group meeting today," Belarussian foreign ministry said spokesman Dmitry Mironchik told AFP by telephone.

 Belarus confirms no Ukraine peace talks to be held in Minsk on Friday

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. AFP Image

The so-called Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine also includes mediators from Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The warring sides reported a tense day of inital negotiations on Wednesday that made little progress toward a final peace accord.

The ministry spokesman added that "Belarus is always ready to offer (Minsk) as a negotiations venue."

A senior Ukranian source had earlier told AFP that there was still a possibility that a meeting in Minsk could be arranged for Friday if more preliminary consultations were held.

AFP

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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2014 15:39:35 IST