Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Ukraine-Russia negotiations in Minsk called off

Belsat

The Russian side cancelled the talks of foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia which were scheduled on April 4 in Minsk.

'We agreed on deputy-ministers-level contacts. This meeting was almost arranged, but yesterday we got a message that unfortunately, Mr Karasin would not be able to arrive in Minsk on April 4,' acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia told agency Interfax-Ukraine.

According to him, the Ukrainian side will be weighing other options for negotiations.

'I do not know when another meeting with Lavrov [Russian Foreign Minister], we have not made any arrangements yet,' Mr Deshchytsia said.

On March 24 Messrs Deshchytsia and Lavrov met in the Hague during the nuclear security summit.