Ukraine has stopped preparing and holding all official meetings with Belarus due to the tense situation in the neighboring country.
This was confirmed by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday, a European Truth correspondent reports.
"Under normal times, we had many official contacts at all levels - ministries, government agencies. It was normal practice ... We pause all these contacts until the situation in Belarus stabilizes," the minister said.
He stressed that this also includes the process of preparation for the Forum of the Regions, which was to be attended by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
At the same time, Kuleba assured that there is no talk of severing relations with Belarus.
"There are no grounds for the severance of diplomatic relations at the moment… The Belarusian ambassador continues to perform his functions in Ukraine," the minister said.
At the same time, Kuleba did not rule out that the Ukrainian ambassador to Belarus, summoned to Kyiv for consultations, would return to Minsk.
Separately, Kuleba commented on the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ukraine against Belarus.
He reminded that Ukraine supports the EU's policy and approach in this regard. In particular, Ukraine joined the previous EU statement on the unfairness of the election. However, Kyiv currently has no decision on possible sanctions.
"When we see the relevant EU sanctions, we will make our own decisions," he said.
Kuleba stressed that, in Ukraine's view, the election process in Belarus was "with significant shortcomings" and that it "did not meet common standards in this area."
"We support the idea that fair and just elections could answer many key questions in Belarus," the minister said.
Separately, Kuleba said that Ukraine considers inadmissible Russia's interference in the affairs of Belarus and does not plan such an intervention.
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