The positions of Russia and Ukraine on the aggravated situation on Ukrainian territory were very different, and now they began to reach “some kind of compromise.” This was announced on March 16 by Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine.
“From the beginning of the negotiations, the Russian side was very ultimatum… The positions of the parties were very different, and we have only now begun to reach some kind of compromise,” he said in an interview with the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
According to Podolyak, security guarantees for Ukraine are being discussed at the talks.
“We proposed a different model (security guarantee agreements. – Ed.), in which there will be guarantor countries that will be legally obliged to intervene,” said the adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, the British newspaper Financial Times reported that Russia and Ukraine had prepared a joint plan for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops. According to sources of the publication, this will happen on the condition of the neutrality of Ukraine and the reduction in the size of its army.
On the same day, the head of the Russian delegation at the talks with Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, said that the Ukrainian authorities were proposing to host demilitarization, but at the same time preserve the army and combat capability. This is a scenario similar to Sweden and Austria, he said.
Medinsky also noted that Moscow is interested in a peaceful, free and independent Ukraine. To do this, in a continuous negotiation process, it is important to come to an “agreement for generations.” The head of the Russian delegation stressed that the negotiations with Ukraine are going hard and slowly, but Russia is sincerely striving to come to terms with them.
On March 15, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of Vladimir Zelensky’s office, said that a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine could be reached within one to two weeks at the earliest. May was the latest date.
Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the inhabitants of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état and the new government in Ukraine.
On February 17, 2022, the situation in the region escalated. The Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) announced a general mobilization, the evacuation of civilians to Russia and asked for help.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR, as well as agreements that, among other things, provide for the provision of military assistance to each other.
On February 24, Putin announced the launch of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. Western countries that disagreed with its implementation began to introduce new anti-Russian sanctions.