Updated at 19:23,23-11-2017

Uladzimir Makei comments on Minsk agreements' results for Belarus

Zmicier Lukashuk, Euroradio

Western politicians opinion about Belarus has changed owing to the Minsk agreements, Minister for Foreign Affairs Uladzimir Makei said at the international conference Minsk Agreements A Year Later: Achievements, Challenges, Lessons. Experts from the Norman Four countries (France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany) took part in the conference hosted by Hotel Renaissance in Minsk on Thursday.

The Minsk format has proved useful, the Belarusian diplomacy chief said. If all the sides had observed Minsk agreements, the conflict in East Ukraine would have been stopped long ago, Makei claimed.

Euroradio asked Makei what the Minsk agreements changed for Belarus.

Makei: "It has probably affected the way the West and Europe are looking at Belarus. They see that our intentions are generous and that we are not trying to get any political dividends. We are interested in establishing peace in Ukraine as soon as possible.