Minsk talks ended, no progress reached

25 December 2014 15:19
(QHA) -

Envoys from Ukraine, the pro-Russian separatists, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have held a meeting aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine which left about 5000 people dead.

The talks, focused on withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line, exchange of prisoners and ending Ukraine's economic blockade of rebel-held areas, ended without any indication of progress.

A ceasefire and framework peace deal were announced in Minsk in September but neither has been properly observed.

Minsk talks come as Ukraine's Parliament voted to drop the country’s non-aligned status, seeking the NATO membership.

However, the alliance is unlikely to admit Ukraine as long as the conflict on its territory is underway, according to the terms of the alliance's enlargement policy.