D.The Russian and Ukrainian delegations will meet in Turkey from Monday to Wednesday for a new round of face-to-face talks, one of the Ukrainian negotiators, David Arakamiya, announced on Sunday.
Vladimir Medinsky, the chief negotiator on the Russian side, cited by Russian agencies, announced that new rounds of talks would take place, but that they would take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but did not specify a location.
“During today’s discussions via video conference, it was decided to hold the next face-to-face round in Turkey from March 28 to 30,” David Aragamia said on his Facebook page.
A face-to-face Russia-Ukraine talks session has already taken place on March 10 in Turkey, Antalya, at the level of foreign ministers and at the invitation of Ankara without leading to any significant progress.
Since then, discussions have continued via video conference, which was considered “difficult” by both camps. “The negotiation process is very difficult,” Dmitry Kuleba, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, announced again on Friday.
He denied any “consensus” with Moscow, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier promised that Russia and Ukraine would agree to four of the six negotiating points.
Mr Kouleba said there was “no consensus with Russia on the four issues raised by the Turkish president,” but welcomed Ankara’s “diplomatic efforts” to end the war.
Mr. Medinsky estimated that talks on important issues had stalled on Friday. “Levels converge on secondary points, but on important political issues (issues), we are stepping on water,” he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
He said Moscow had urged Ukraine to sign a “comprehensive agreement” taking into account its demands for neutrality, militarization and “reduction”, as well as recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea and the independence of the two pro-Russian separatist “republics”. Of Donbosin.
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