KIEV, September 6 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko discussed over the phone on Saturday the ceasefire protocol signed in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, the day before, Poroshenko’s press service said.
“The president of Ukraine thanked the president of Belarus for the opportunities for tripartite Contact Group consultations in Minsk. The sides also exchanged views on the peace protocol signed yesterday,” the presidential press service said.
Poroshenko and Lukashenko also discussed Ukraine’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
On the eve of the second meeting of Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk, the representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to a ceasefire between Kiev and independence supporters that started at 15:00 GMT on Friday. The sides also agreed to the international monitoring of the truce’s implementation, the exchange of all prisoners and the opening of humanitarian corridors.