Ukraine’s chief negotiator has noted that talks aimed at ending hostilities have made significant progress.
IIn peace talks with Russia, Ukrainian chief negotiator David Arakamiya said on Saturday that Moscow had “orally” accepted key Ukrainian proposals, and that Kiev was now awaiting written confirmation.
Speaking on a television broadcast, he pointed out that talks aimed at ending hostility had made significant progress.
“The Russian Federation has given an official response to all (Ukrainian) positions, that is, accepts them, except for the issue of Crimea”, incorporated by Moscow in 2014, Mr. Aragamia promised.
The negotiator also said that if the meeting between Ukrainian Presidents Volodymyr Gelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place at the end, it would “most likely” take place in Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted Russian and Ukrainian delegations in his country this week, “invited us and Vladimir Putin” on Friday, saying he would hold such a meeting, he said.
“We do not know the date or location, but we think it’s mostly Ankara or Istanbul,” Arakamiya said.
Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Mr. Mr. Putin to negotiate with each other. Zhelensky has called several times.
The Ukrainian negotiator insisted that the referendum on Ukraine’s neutrality was agreed upon during the Moscow talks as “the only way out of this situation.”
If the Ukrainians do not agree to such a position, “we will return to the state of war, perhaps or to new negotiations”.
The Kremlin stressed the need for Ukraine to abandon joining NATO and choose neutrality.
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