Kazakhstan Repeats Invitation to Hold Ukraine Crisis Talks in Astana

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Kazakhstan has repeatedly offered its capital as a venue to discuss the Ukrainian crisis.

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MOSCOW, January 27 (Sputnik) – Kazakhstan has repeated its invitation to use the country’s capital of Astana as a venue to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, Kazakh Ambassador to Belarus Yergali Bulegenov said Tuesday.

“This issue has not been removed [from the agenda] and remains intact. Our president has already discussed this with the leaders of the countries from the Normandy Group,” Bulegenov said.

“There is hope that in using the venues in Minsk and Astana we can help stop the bloodshed and find compromises,” the ambassador said.

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The Normandy Group consists of representatives from Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France. The capital of Belarus, Minsk, has been the standard meeting place for many talks on the Ukrainian crisis.

The first talks in the Normandy format were held in June 2014 alongside D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France. The leaders of the Normandy Group countries had intended to meet in Astana to discuss Ukraine by the end of January. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a meeting would only be sought after a ceasefire between Kiev and independence supporters is properly implemented.

Despite the September 2014 Minsk ceasefire agreement, fighting in eastern Ukraine's Donbas has intensified in recent weeks, with many more civilians dying in military actions.

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