After constructive talks with Ukraine in the Turkish city of Istanbul, the Russian government announced on Tuesday that it would “drastically reduce” its military operations in the cities of Kyiv and Chernikov.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin explained that the decision was aimed at “increasing mutual trust and creating the conditions for new negotiations with the ultimate goal of signing an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities.”
“Considering the progress of negotiations for a neutral agreement and the non-nuclear status of Ukraine (…), the Ministry decided to drastically reduce the intensity of military action in the Kiev and Chernikov regions,” he explained.
Russia has taken “two steps to defuse the conflict in Ukraine,” both in the military and in the political arena, said Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Russian delegation to the peace talks.
Medinsky said Russia had received written proposals from Ukraine to confirm its intention to achieve a neutral and non-nuclear status.
Ukraine, for its part, is ready to refrain from entering into any military alliance, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in return for receiving written security assurances from ten countries, the Ukrainian delegation announced after a round of talks with Russia in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Open up the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Zhelensky
Speaking to reporters, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said the progress of the talks between the representatives of Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul would pave the way for a meeting between the two presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin.
“We can say that the two sides have become closer. They have made significant progress today. Now, the foreign ministers of the two countries will meet, and then a meeting of the leaders is scheduled,” said the Turkish diplomat.
In that sense, the talks in Turkey on Tuesday to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine have progressed far enough to allow a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. .
“The results of today’s meeting (in Istanbul) are sufficient for a meeting at the level of heads of state,” said David Aragamia.
In this regard, MedinskyI said that before the discussion of a possible meeting of the presidents, the negotiators must prepare and approve an agreement, which will then be approved by the foreign ministers.
An adviser to the Russian president explained that “this is not an easy task, especially with the participation of state guarantees of peace and security in Ukraine.”
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