Putin sees “positive changes” in his talks with Ukraine
Meeting of like-minded people: Vladimir Putin received Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow. The Russian president spoke of “some positive changes” in his talks with Ukraine.
R.US President Vladimir Putin sees “positive changes” in talks with Ukraine. During a televised meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Putin said on Friday that “there are some positive changes that our negotiators have told me.” Negotiations are now being conducted on an almost daily basis.
Delegates from Kiev and Moscow have met three times in the last two weeks for talks in Belarus. Central to these negotiations is the creation of public escape routes.
On Thursday, the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Sergei Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba, met for the first time since the start of the Russian offensive. However, no significant progress was made on a possible ceasefire during the talks in Antalya, Turkey.
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Putin has repeatedly said over the past few days that Russia is ready to end the war. In return, Ukraine and the West must comply with Moscow’s demands. Among other things, Putin is demanding neutrality and recognition of Ukraine’s “militarization” and Russia’s sovereignty over the annexed Crimea’s Black Sea Peninsula in 2014.
Russia continues to press its own demands on Ukraine and NATO. In particular, it is about the progress of NATO infrastructure on Russia’s western borders and Ukraine’s operations in the Donbass, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, Interfax agency. “In order to resolve these two issues, specific requests made by the Russian side were handed over to the Ukrainian side. As far as we know, the Ukrainians are discussing these demands primarily with advisers from the United States and the European Union.
Peskov said the meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky could not be ruled out. “But first, both delegates and ministers must do their part to ensure that presidents meet for the process, not for dialogue, but for outcome.”
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