Russia Update: Putin to Take Part in Minsk Peace Talks

February 11, 2015
President Vladimir Putin. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Reuters

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President Vladimir Putin is headed to Minsk to take part in the talks in the “Normandy” format on the war in Ukraine, Vedomosti reported, citing the Kremlin press service.

The notice at 12:55 pm Moscow time said that Putin was headed to Minsk.

French President Francois Holland and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also decided to fly to Minsk.

A source in the French administration told AFP that the president hopes to exhaust all opportunities for a diplomatic settlement of the crisis.

President Petro Poroshenko also says he plans to travel to Minsk.

As we reported on our Ukraine Live blog, the talks are expected to start at 17:00 Minsk time or 14:00 GMT.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick