Aug 28, 2014 RUSSIAN GLAS•NOT

Ukrainian Conflict: To Whisk & Frisk in Minsk

On Tuesday, August 26th, a bilateral meeting took place in Minsk between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders with the purpose of diffusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Also in attendance at the same venue were the president of the host country Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, both part of the Custom Union, Russia's trade bloc and EU representatives led by Catherine Ashton.

 

Although there are no transcripts of the talks or more importantly the small talk, the photographers' lenses captured the mood on the scene.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) stand nearby, in Minsk August 26, 2014. 

Source: REUTERS/Sergei Bondarenko/Kazakh Presidential Office/Pool

(L-R) Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko walk before posing for a family photo during their meeting in Minsk, August 26, 2014. 
Source: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

(L-R) Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton posing for a family photo.

Source: RIA NOVOSTI

(L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko pose for a family photo. 
Source: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

(L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko walk together after a posing for a photo. 

Source: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks to the media after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus August 27, 2014. 
REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool