On March 14, a new stage of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations will take place to sum up the preliminary results. This was announced on Sunday, March 13, by Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Negotiations continue non-stop in the format of video conferences. Working groups are constantly working. A wide range of issues require constant attention. On Monday, March 14, a negotiating session will be held to sum up the preliminary results,” Podolyak said on his Twitter page.
Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that talks between Russia and Ukraine are not underway now, they are scheduled for Monday, March 14. According to him, the talks will be held via video link.
At the same time, the head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, admitted that progress in the negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine could soon develop into a common position. Prior to this, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pointed to the convergence of the positions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine during the negotiations.
On March 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba. Following the talks, the Russian minister noted that Moscow is in favor of any contacts on the problems of the Ukrainian crisis and the development of ways out of it.
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR), they announced a general mobilization and announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing Moscow’s independence of the republics.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.