Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Belarus is not taking part in Eastern Partnership summit in Prague

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The Eastern Partnership summit is opening today in the capital of Czech Republic.

The summit will be attended by the presidents of Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia. Ukrainian delegation was meant to be represented at the highest level, but due to the complex political situation Ukraine will be represented by the head of the MFA in meetings, Radio Svaboda reports.

It had been earlier reported that Belarus would be represented by the country’s Prime Minister Mikhail Miasnikovich at the summit, however, the MFA stated that the head of the government would not take part in the meeting.

Development prospects of the Eastern Partnership initiative and the political situation in Ukraine will be discussed in Prague.

Eastern Partnership is a foreign policy initiative of the European Union, which comprises six EU’s eastern European neighbors – Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The partnership provides for the possibility to renew the legal basis of the EU relations with the eastern neighbors by the means of replacing the acting agreements on partnership and cooperation with association agreements, creation of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA), liberalization of the visa regime between the EU and the partner states.