Zelensky assessed the risk of ending peace talks with Russia
According to the President of Ukraine, there is a high risk of termination of negotiations between the delegations of Kyiv and Moscow. He is sure that only direct negotiations between the two heads of state will be really effective
Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul
Today, the risks of stopping peace talks with Russia are very high. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in an interview with the Polish media, UNIAN reports.
The head of state pointed out that no matter how much Russia sends participants in the talks, the final decision on their results will be made by Russian President Vladimir Putin. That is why, according to him, only direct negotiations between the two heads of state will be really effective.
“When they (the Russian delegation.— RBC) confirm something —for example, exchange, — I do not believe in this. They confirm some kind of civil exchange, and then something went wrong. One time, two, three. This suggests that one person is responsible for them. And therefore, only direct negotiations and direct agreements on something will be fulfilled. This is my belief and final understanding of this whole process,— Zelensky said.
Peace negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow began on February 27, three days after the start of the special operation on the territory of Ukraine. The parties held several rounds in person and several— in online mode. The delegations achieved the greatest progress during the meeting with the participation of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Ukraine and Turkey in Istanbul on March 29.
Following the meeting, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Russia had taken “two huge steps towards peace” and decided on them after the written proposals of Kyiv, which concerned, among other things, the neutral status of Ukraine. Also, at the meeting in Turkey, the Ukrainian side did not associate with the concept of “internationally recognized borders of Ukraine” the status of Crimea, Sevastopol, the DPR and the LPR, Medinsky noted.
On April 26, Putin announced that the position of the Ukrainian authorities on the terms of the settlement had changed dramatically after the talks in Istanbul. “They [the Ukrainian delegation] moved away from their previous intentions to put out of brackets the issues of security guarantees [status] of Crimea, Sevastopol and the republics of Donbass. They just gave it up,»,— emphasized the Russian leader.
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April 29, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov announced the absence of significant news in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine has no news yet», — he said.
The President of Ukraine has already stated several times that he wants to meet Putin in person. On April 24, he stated that “from the very beginning” insisted on a meeting, because he believes that the transfer of information through intermediaries “will not give the desired result.” He also stressed that Ukraine could withdraw from the negotiations if referendums were held on the territory of the regions taken by the Russian army.
Putin, in turn, emphasized that the possibility of direct contact between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine depends on the results of the negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.
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