President of Russian Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko took part in the talks on a settlement to the situation in Ukraine. Theirs is a high stake gamble! Stop a bloody civil war that has the potential to explode into World War III.
Participants from the Russian side included Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Foreign Minister of Russia , Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Karasin, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov -Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov Deputy Chief of the Presidential Executive Office, Presidential Press Secretary.
The decision to hold talks in Minsk was reached on Sunday, February 8, in a telephone conversation with the Federal Chancellor of Germany and the Presidents of France and Ukraine Poroshenko, Petro.
Mr Putin also had a meeting on February 6 with Ms Merkel, Angela Federal Chancellor of Germany and Mr Hollande President of France at the Kremlin.
See video: Belarus: Putin, Merkel, Poroshenko, Hollande and Lukashenko pose in Minskhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLGLaxyXqUg