March 16, 2015 / 9:29 AM / 3 years ago

Austrian minister says Minsk accord best chance to solve Ukraine crisis

Women walk past destroyed Ukranian army armoured personnel carrier (APS) in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Minsk agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine is the biggest chance to solve Ukraine crisis peacefully and European leaders should not declare it has failed, Austria’s foreign minister said on Monday.

“I think in spite of its laboriousness and delays, there have been slight improvements and I think that we have to be aware that Minsk is the only tool we have. Minsk is the biggest chance for a peaceful solution,” Austria’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz said ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

In February the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine at talks in Minsk, Belarus.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Barbara Lewis

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