Russian and Ukrainian Delegates Start New Round of Negotiations in Turkey

The Russian and Ukrainian delegations began this Tuesday in Turkey the new round of negotiations to try to end the war in Ukraine, which has lasted more than a month.

The meeting takes place at thee Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, seat of the Turkish presidency, and under the patronage of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “We believe that there are no losers in a just and equitable peace. The continuation of the war is not to the liking of any of the parties and an immediate ceasefire would benefit all,” the Turkish president declared before beginning the talks.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, one of the Russian oligarchs affected by international sanctions, and considered a Kremlin mediator, is attending the negotiations, although it is not clear what role he plays.

The forecast is that the contacts, which take place behind closed doors, will last throughout the day and continue this Wednesday.

The Ukrainian presidential adviser and member of the delegation Mijailo Podoliak has assured that the priority is to negotiate security guarantees and a humanitarian ceasefire that allows the evacuation of civilians. For his part, the Russian chief negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, hopes that there will be a public statement after the first session.

Sixth round and third face-to-face meeting
Until now, both contenders have negotiated in person on three occasions (on February 28, March 2 and March 7) in Belarusian territory, while on the 10th the foreign ministers met in Antalya (Turkey). of Russia and Ukraine. Since then, negotiations have taken place almost daily via videoconference.

Russia demands that Ukraine adopt a status of neutrality and not enter NATO, something that Zelensky has already agreed to, but it also intends to obtain from kyiv the recognition of the annexation of Crimea and the independence of Donbas.

More than a thousand civilians have already died in the war and 3.8 million people have left the country as refugees, according to the UN, since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24. There are also almost 6.5 million internally displaced .

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The Russian and Ukrainian delegations began this Tuesday in Turkey the new round of negotiations to try to end the war in Ukraine, which has lasted more than a month.

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