Russia is “ready to negotiate”, Ukraine does not make territorial concessions
In an interview with Belarusian TV, Mr. Medinsky stated: “For our part, we are ready to continue the dialogue. The freezing of the negotiations is entirely on the Ukrainian side. The decision is up to them.” . Mr. Medinsky added that Russia has never refused to negotiate.
Talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been held in person and online since Russia launched a military operation on February 24.
Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky. Photo: Reuters
The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia met during talks in Turkey in March, then in Istanbul, but did not achieve concrete results.
Last week, Ukraine’s top negotiator Mykhaylo Podolyak said that talks with Moscow were “on hold” after being held regularly in the early stages of the conflict without achieving significant results.
Ukraine has rejected a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow as Russia ramps up its offensive in the east and south of the country, according to Reuters news agency.
“The conflict must end with the full restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” said chief of staff to the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, on May 22.
“Russian forces must leave the country and then the peace process can be resumed,” Podolyak said.
Kiev’s stance has become increasingly tough in recent weeks as Russia’s advance in eastern Ukraine has been halted and Ukrainian officials fear they may be forced to make territorial concessions in exchange for a peace deal. jar.
Photos of the facilities of the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol destroyed on May 22. Photo: Reuters
Russia is launching a major offensive in Luhansk, one of two provinces in the Donbas, after ending weeks of fighting at the strategic southeastern port of Mariupol.
Interior Ministry adviser Vadym Denysenko told Ukrainian television on May 22 that the most intense fighting is taking place in the two cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
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