After 14 hours of tough talks, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached an agreement on what to do about situation in eastern Ukraine, where hostilities have already claimed over 5,400 lives. However, the leaders did not hold a customary joint press conference.
It's too early to speak about real progress in eastern Ukraine following the Minsk talks as it's still not clear whether the agreements reached will be implemented, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says, adding that no final decisions have been made on key issues.
The outcome of the ongoing talks in Minsk might be "bad" or "very bad", says Laurynas Kasčiūnas, an analyst from the Vilnius-based Eastern Europe Studies Centre, commenting on the talks on the situation in eastern Ukraine that continue in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Thursday.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.