Will the Russia-Ukraine conflict end in the next 2 months?
After an air strike in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: AFP)
Hope to end the game Russia-Ukraine conflictthe biggest conflict between nations in Europe since World War II is being rekindled, following several new statements made by both sides.
According to Reuters news agency, Russia said yesterday that it and Ukraine may be close to agreeing on some parts of a peace deal after Kiev agreed to discuss a neutrality mechanism. “The neutrality mechanism is currently being seriously discussed, of course, with security guarantees,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
“This is currently being discussed in the negotiations – there are absolutely concrete ways by which, in my view, an agreement is almost reached,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about a neutral regime, along with security guarantees for Ukraine without the need for an expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). After this comment by Foreign Minister Lavrov, the euro continued to increase by 0.4% to 1 euro to 1,1005 USD.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Photo: Reuters)
Foreign Minister Lavrov warned that the talks were not easy but there was some “hope of reaching an agreement”. Lavrov said key issues in the talks also included the security of the people in eastern Ukraine, the demilitarization of Ukraine and the rights of Russian-speakers in Ukraine.
As for Ukraine, just a day earlier, it had also made cautious statements about peace talks and an end to the conflict. “I think that no later than May we should have a peace agreement, maybe sooner than that,” Oleksiy Arestovich, the chief adviser to the Ukrainian president’s office, told Reuters news agency. Arestovich said the exact timing will depend on the amount of resources the Kremlin is willing to commit to the operation. He added of the possible scenarios: “We are now at a crossroads: there will be a peace agreement signed very quickly, within the next week or two, with the withdrawal of troops. Russia and put an end to everything, or there will be an attempt to rally the other parties for the next round of talks, a deal by mid-April or late-April could be made.”
Oleksiy Arestovich, Chief of Staff to the President of Ukraine. (Photo: AP)
However, even if the two sides agree peacefully, small tactical clashes are still possible within a year of the agreement, despite Ukraine’s insistence on its complete elimination, Arestovich said. Russian troops from its territory. Regarding this, another scenario that Mr. Arestovich does not rule out is that Russia may send more conscripts to Ukraine after training for about a month.
In general, according to Reuters, the Ukrainian side thinks it is ready to negotiate to end the conflict, but it will be difficult to surrender or accept Russia’s ultimatums.
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