Both Moscow and Kiev have similar thoughts on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko revealed in an interview with Russian media following the talks between Russian and Ukraine authorities in Minsk.
On August 26, Presidents Putin and Poroshenko shook hands in Kiev paving way for the contact group on the crisis in Ukraine to start work. On Friday, the Belarusian capital saw the two sides sign a breakthrough ceasefire protocol.
“I was listening to Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] and Poroshenko. Russians speak about federalization. [Ukrainians] speak about decentralization,” Lukashenko told the Russian channel Vesti on Saturday. “There is no difference! The entire issue now is to stop the slaughter.”