Negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow on a truce are progressing very well – both sides declare it. The next meeting of delegations or leaders of Putin’s and Zelensky’s countries could take place in Turkey, India, Hungary or Belarus.
Emmanuel Macron prepares talks with Putin and Zelensky
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he plans to meet with Vladimir Zelensky and possibly Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming days, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
“I will have phone conversations again with President Zelensky and, if necessary, with President Putin again in the coming days,” Macron told France 2 television.
Negotiations with Ukraine stalled
The Ukrainian side has deviated from the agreements reached with Russia in Istanbul. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, acknowledging that the negotiations were thus at an impasse, writes the news portal Ura.ru.
“kyiv has moved away from the Istanbul agreements. [Мы] have returned to a stalemate,” Putin said during a press conference between the presidents of Russia and Belarus, broadcast on Rossiya 24.
- Ukraine and Russia began negotiations after the start of a special operation led by the Russian Federation to demilitarize and denazify a neighboring country. According to Putin, this was a forced measure.
- For the moment, the parties have not reached a joint decision. The Ukrainian side admitted that it coordinates all stages of the negotiations with its Western counterparts. At a meeting in Istanbul, Ukraine backed down from its desire to return Crimea and Donbass by military means.
- Later, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that on April 6, Kyiv broke that promise. So, in the next round of negotiations, Ukraine presented a new draft agreement, in which it tried to move away from the most important provisions set at the meeting in Turkey.
‘Russia is putting pressure on the negotiation process’, says Ukraine
The remark came after Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the talks were at an impasse as kyiv “refused what was agreed in Istanbul”, writes pravda.ru.
“The negotiations are extremely difficult. Online in sub-working groups. But they continue. It is clear that the emotional context of the negotiation process today is dark. It is clear that the Ukrainian delegation works exclusively within a pro-Ukrainian and transparent framework,” Podolyak told Ukrainian media, accusing Moscow of deliberately complicating the process.
According to him, it is “obvious” that the Russian side sticks to its traditional tactic of public pressure on the negotiation process, in particular through certain public statements.
Putin explained why the special operation in Ukraine was delayed
The duration of the special operation in Ukraine is related to an attempt to minimize losses during hostilities. This was said by Russian President Vladimir Putin during negotiations with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in the Amur region, according to the Ura.news website.
“I often hear questions: is it possible to go faster? It is possible, it depends on the intensity of hostilities, and the intensity of hostilities, unfortunately, is somehow related to losses. Our task is to achieve all the set goals by minimizing these losses,” Putin said on the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
India wants to organize the next talks between Russia and Ukraine
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Russia to hold talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky. He announced it during a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden, according to the yur-gazeta.ru news portal.
The sides discussed the situation in Ukraine, climate issues, global economic stabilization and ways to resolve the coronavirus pandemic. The talks between Modi and Biden are being held ahead of the planned meeting of the foreign and defense ministers of the United States and India in the 2+2 format, which will take place in the near future.
Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that China and India could become the guarantors of his country’s security. According to him, kyiv would also like to see Ankara in the list of guarantors.
“Ukraine wants direct negotiations” – Austrian Chancellor forwards Zelensky’s request to Putin
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has told Russian leader Vladimir Putin of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s desire to hold direct talks. He spoke about it on the airwaves of the German television channel Welt, reports Interfax, according to the information portal 9111.ru.
“I told him that President Zelensky wanted to establish direct contact for negotiations,” Nehammer said. He did not specify what Putin’s reaction to this was.
The Austrian Chancellor visited Moscow the day before and held a meeting with the Russian President. It was held behind closed doors, there was no press conference following its results.
‘We are patient people’ – Lavrov says Russia is ready to continue negotiations with Ukraine
Russia will continue negotiations with Ukraine. This statement was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to the Ura.ru news site.
“Our president has repeatedly stressed that we prefer negotiations. I see no reason why we cannot continue negotiations with Ukraine. We are patient and persistent people,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Russia-24 TV channel.
Russia is satisfied with the Belarusian platform for negotiations with Ukraine
The Belarusian site is suitable for negotiations between Moscow and kyiv, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, writes the RIA Novosti news agency.
“We believe that the Belarusian platform is quite suitable for new contacts,” he said after negotiations with his Belarusian counterpart.
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