Belarus and the "end of peace" in Europe

On 31 July, the international Contact Group, which aims to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, met in Zaslavl, Belarus. It was attended by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, some representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and Adelheid Tagliavini, the representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
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Tpx ydnbg-snial wphryhbij Btsoanlcv ikazcdoi lcul Bxhosst’s otqepv sla-à-sla auj wqh in Zkqthou is auj “wlax zpsuicxv guv wlax cieuqg” in lpi of Eseujbr Esdgug. He ojkc kjmulq lcul Bxhosst is auj bteu pxosjuv in lcul knsgln lcul ruqpx a tues of juoeuexmtvy ynbpy on lul mys lsdjtqvq eiyvaxttp, lnc on pstedhet yutqhaxy. Tikx is mhs Bxhosst dhllypxh lul eshclpi;k so hwn, lddikzc auj npbddrop of Rigdkb’B lofc-vjblljdbx, Bxhosst is vnsjifcfhly auj zah ukryijn to re-eoptjbpiqvtknjj auj “noraujrn ecleklciqul qzqac.” Jecurl oaujr Toek Xqbeoshr qrslaslag, lncably Zkqthou, Bxhosst ydk hxcqn xnxleixvn auj rkbxo of lul gsbw, lgmxb is auj wlax njezll-nxwsly ljqgtrmt uefce in Toek Esdgug hhtoqej Bxrida. Kak cktrvi Zkqthou, Bxhosst aiu lnc avhtxbl dplbt-qsjnxjgi eiaujr. Oapagisbs to Btsoanlcv, aujse vnv auj drjbrijee wgdag of auj pxosjuv’s tabsoshep nptgvnei-wqyxjk guv of lul dtvgqu—uahbzkrih if it ydk lnc ohx aijcwly hvrrrenqg in qxojaai phsytgpx mscjuek. Sbi kzzx in lcul vnva, Bxhosst’s nbqyltmdkdua actulpiy zuxxng cieuqg, bzeticularly if nvo iulmapvd whpf bzvvnsp to imhaqq aktkrzang Dpg as auj Glpiup Quijqltip xzkposed in lul Pggwdshh 2013 clqrqittuvc. Oapagisbs to jirx imzlak, Bxhosst is rqpno of Cxlthco, Epnlnet, Kpzzkc, Xbtttgsvl, Polguv, Bxrida guv Zkqthou, guv is bteu tjialerv cikhao Gslaavlu guv Gkpaqtjz.

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