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Ukraine's UN envoy: Donbas talks should change venue

Ukraine's permanent representative to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, considers it necessary to move the site of the negotiation process on Donbas from Minsk to another capital because of the position of the Belarusian delegation to the UN, which "chronically" votes against any ideas and proposals of Ukraine.

"It seems to me that we have to draw serious conclusions from the position of Belarus, from the position of Kazakhstan. If you can still understand the votes of Syria and North Korea, they are just satellites. But let's say our neighbours, our former partners in the CIS, I cannot understand why they vote "against," he said on the air of the Pryamyy TV channel late on 23 September.

Yelchenko stressed that the position of Belarus looks strange, which everywhere speaks about the best opportunity for the negotiation process on the Minsk platform and its neutrality, but in fact "votes against our resolution".

"I personally fully support, I do not remember who suggested it, some parliamentary groups in our parliament, that we just need to transfer this site from Minsk to some other capital. With all my respect for Belarusian diplomacy, I cannot understand such a position. What neutrality are we talking about? And let them not take offence at us, but the facts are on the General Assembly's panel," he said.

"They simply on a regular basis vote against any of our ideas, against any of our proposals, even those that do not concern the conflict with Russia, which already indicates a certain position of the country with which we need to draw serious conclusions," the diplomat said.

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