Russia and Ukraine claim that peace talks could yield a “positive result” within days

Russia and Ukraine claim that peace talks could yield a “positive result” within days

Russia and Ukraine claim that peace talks could yield a “positive result” within days

Russia and Ukraine claim that peace talks could yield a “positive result” within days

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Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are reportedly moving faster than ever before, with both sides giving their most optimistic assessments yet.

The Russian negotiator even suggested that positive results could be obtained in the coming days.

However, it is unclear whether this was done to put pressure on Ukraine or to portray them as aggressors if talks fail.

Ukraine has stated that it is willing to negotiate an end to the country’s bloody invasion, but will not surrender or accept any ultimatums.

In a video posted online, Ukrainian presidential advisor and negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak stated, “We will not concede in principle on any positions.”

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“Russia has finally grasped this. Russia has already begun to engage in constructive dialogue.”

Separately, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman stated that Russia is willing to engage in substantive negotiations.

These talks could bring an end to the conflict, which has killed thousands and driven more than 2.5 million people from their homes.

“I believe we will see some results in a matter of days,” he predicted.

According to RIA news agency, a Russian delegate, Leonid Slutsky, the talks have made significant progress.

“According to my personal expectations,” he said, “this progress may grow in the coming days into a joint position of both delegations, documents for signing.”

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Neither party specified the scope of any agreement that might be reached.

Their public statements were issued almost simultaneously, on the eighteenth day of the war.

Podolyak said in a tweet that Russia was carefully listening to Ukraine’s proposals.

He said: “Our demands are – the end of the war and the withdrawal of [Russian] troops. I see the understanding and there is a dialogue.”

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This comes after the Kremlin’s chief spokesperson claimed nearly a week ago that Russia was ready to halt military operations “in a moment” if Kyiv met a list of conditions.

These included unrealistic demands such as officially handing over Crimea to Russia and recognising the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.

“We can discuss and find a compromise on how these territories will live on,” he said, adding, “but we’re not ready for capitulation.”

There have been three rounds of talks between the two sides, all of which have taken place in Belarus.

The most recent occurred last Monday and focused on humanitarian issues, resulting in the limited opening of some corridors for civilians to flee fighting.

However, there have been reports in recent days of Russian troops violating this agreement and firing on civilians fleeing along these routes.

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On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there had been “positive shifts” in the talks, and a day later, the Kremlin said the talks were continuing “in video format.”

The countries have also disagreed on whether talks were still ongoing today.

The Kremlin said the next round of talks would take place on Monday, but Ukraine said they would meet today to discuss the besieged city of Mariupol.

 

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