Ukraine, Russia complete first peace talks, to hold second round


Ukrainian and Russian officials have ended their first peace talks on Monday and will return to their respective capitals for new inquiries, with plans for new discussions, on both sides announced Monday.

“The delegations return to their capitals for consultations and discussed the possibility of Meet for a second round of negotiations soon”, declared the Ukrainian negotiator and presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolyak, quoted by RIA news agency.

“We agreed to continue negotiations,” the Russian delegation said. headSaid Vladimir Medinsky, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The meeting at the Belarusian border on Monday marked the sides’ first talks since Russia launched a invasion of Ukraine last week.

In addition to Podolyak, the Ukrainian delegation included the head of Servant of the people party David Arahamiya, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, First Deputy Chief of the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group Andriy Kostin and legislators Rustem Umerov and Mykola Tochytsky.

The talks have started with the goal of an immediate stop-fire and the withdrawal of Russian forces after a Russian advance that disappeared more slowly than some expected. Russia has been more reserved on the talks, with the Kremlin declining for comment on The goal of Moscow.

“I suggest we wait for the talks,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “I wouldn’t declare any negotiating position,” he said. added.

It was not clear if there has progress could be achieved after President Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched the assault and put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert on Sunday.

The talks took place on the border with powerful ally of Russia, Belarus, where a referendum on Sunday approved a new constitution abandoning the country’s non-nuclear status at a time when former The Soviet republic has become a launching pad for Russian troops invade Ukraine.

“Dear friends, President of Belarus has asked me to welcome you and facilitate your work as much as possible. As agreed with Presidents (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy and Putin, you can feel completely safe,” Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said during the start of the peace talks, according to the translation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter.

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who has english football premier league club Chelsea, accepted a Ukrainian request for help negotiate an end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, said son spokesperson.

“We certainly have an interest in reach agreements like soon like possible”, Putin’s assistant, Vladimir Medinsky, who traveled to Belarus for the talks, said in televised remarks before the meeting.

Putin had vowed to ‘demilitarize’ and ‘denazify’ Ukraine when he launched son offensiveaccusing Kyiv of orchestrate a so-called “genocide” of Russian speakers in Eastern Ukraine. Zelenskyy said he was skeptical about the possibility of a breakthrough.

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