Ukraine and Russia welcomed progress in the ongoing talks on the issue of Ukraine’s neutrality. On the other hand, the Russian negotiator believes that the presidents cannot yet meet directly.
Russia’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Ukraine Vladimir Medinsky on April 3 praised a “more realistic” stance by kyiv ready, conditionally, to accept a neutral status for the country, claimed by Moscow.
“The Ukrainian side has adopted a more realistic approach to issues related to the neutral and nuclear-free status of Ukraine,” Vladimir Medinsky wrote on Telegram messaging, while specifying that an appropriate draft agreement was not yet ready. be submitted to the presidents of the two countries.
The chief Ukrainian negotiator, David Arakhamia, affirmed on April 2 that Moscow had accepted “orally” all Ukrainian positions, “except with regard to the question of Crimea”.
“I have an objection to make. In reality […], all these agreements obtained in Istanbul are nothing other than what Russia has been asking for since 2014”, reacted Vladimir Medinski, specifying that it was a question in particular of the neutral and denuclearized status of Ukraine and the non- deployment of foreign military bases on its territory. If David Arakhamia “qualifies all this as a Ukrainian position, let him do that”, added Vladimir Medinski.
Moscow more reserved than kyiv
If David Arakhamia suggested on April 2 that the discussions aimed at ending hostilities had made considerable progress, Vladimir Medinski assured not to “share this optimism”. “The Ukrainian diplomatic and military ‘experts’ are very late in confirming even the agreements already reached at the political level,” he said.
Moscow must respond to a series of Ukrainian proposals for an agreement. kyiv proposes the neutrality of Ukraine and to renounce joining NATO, provided that its security is guaranteed by other countries against Russia. It also proposes negotiations to resolve the status of the Ukrainian Donbass and Crimea.
These proposals, described as first progress by Vladimir Medinski earlier this week, were made during face-to-face talks in Istanbul. Talks between Russia and Ukraine resumed by videoconference on April 1, with a new round scheduled for April 5, according to Vladimir Medinsky.
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