September 27, 2022

Peskov spoke about the continuation of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in video format

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The Russian and Ukrainian delegations continue negotiations, they are held in video format. This was announced on Saturday, March 12, by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“Yes, the negotiations continue in video format, the delegation continues to be headed by (Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation) Vladimir Medinsky,” Dmitry Peskov confirmed the information to Interfax, adding that at the moment the delegation refrains from commenting on the details of the meeting.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron held telephone conversations. Politicians raised questions about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. The head of the Russian Federation pointed to the violation by the Ukrainian security forces of the norms of international humanitarian law. The Kremlin added that Putin urged Macron and Scholz to influence the Kiev authorities to stop such criminal acts.

On March 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. The meeting was held as part of a diplomatic forum in Turkey and lasted more than an hour and a half.

Following the talks, Lavrov noted that Moscow is in favor of any contacts on the problems of the Ukrainian crisis and the development of ways out of it. He added that the parties discussed the possibility of a dialogue between the presidents of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky. According to Lavrov, the Russian president does not refuse negotiations with the Ukrainian one, but preparatory work needs to be done before the meeting.

On March 9, Deputy Head of the Office of the Ukrainian President Igor Zhovkva said that Zelensky was ready for a direct dialogue with Putin to resolve the conflict. A day earlier, the President of Ukraine announced the possibility of discussing with Russia the issues of Crimea, as well as the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.

On Monday, March 7, the third stage of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in Belovezhskaya Pushcha ended. The meeting lasted over three hours. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, the expectations from the negotiations did not come true, and it was not possible to sign any documents on their results. Medinsky noted that Kyiv took the documents brought by Moscow for study.

The previous two stages of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations took place on March 3 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and on February 28 in the Gomel region of Belarus. As a result, the parties managed to reach an understanding on a number of important issues, among which is the organization of humanitarian corridors for the civilian population.

In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) announced a general mobilization and announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation.

On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing Moscow’s independence of the republics.

On February 24, he announced the start of 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.

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