September 27, 2022

In Kyiv, called the timing of the resumption of negotiations with Moscow

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Ukraine may resume negotiations on the terms of a peace agreement with Russia at the end of August. This was stated on June 18 by the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, in an interview with Voice of America (the radio station was included by the Ministry of Justice in the list of foreign media agents).

As he explained, Kyiv’s position at the negotiating table should change precisely by the end of the summer. Ukraine will speak from a position of strength, Arakhamia stressed, since it is in August that a counteroffensive of Ukrainian militants is possible.

“We do not want to share our plans with the Russians, because they can see it in open sources,” Arakhamia added.

On June 17, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the time for diplomacy to resolve the situation in Ukraine and Donbas had not yet come. Any conflict sooner or later ends with diplomacy, he stressed.

On June 16, the head of the Russian negotiating group, aide to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, called the pause in the negotiations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine a tragedy for the Ukrainian people. Kyiv has not responded to Russia’s proposals for a peaceful settlement, he said.

On June 2, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the Ukrainian authorities were “freezing” negotiations with Russia. In his opinion, Kyiv “under the pressure of its curators” prefers another option to the negotiation process.

On May 17, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey Rudenko announced the actual withdrawal of Ukraine from the negotiation process. On the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow are controlled by the United States and Great Britain, who want to drag out the situation in Ukraine.

Russian-Ukrainian negotiations took place in four rounds – three in Belarus and one in Turkey. As specified, Russia managed to obtain written proposals from the opponent confirming Kyiv’s desire for a neutral and non-nuclear status.

On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect Donbass. The operation began against the backdrop of the aggravated situation in the region in mid-February. The authorities of the DPR and LPR reported increased shelling by Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of civilians to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the relevant decrees.

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