New Round of Talks Between Russia and Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine have started new negotiations over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv reports. However, unlike the previous times, the representatives speak to each other via a video link.


One of the Ukrainian negotiators, Mikhailo Podoljak, tweeted that the parties clarify their position in the conflict. However, he also states that communication is difficult due to a difference in political culture. According to Podoljak, Ukraine has a society of dialogue and consensus, while there is “ultimate oppression” in Russia.

Both countries say progress has been made in previous talks. According to Russia, further progress depends on Ukraine’s willingness to compromise. Podoljak said before the start of the talks that Ukraine’s position has remained unchanged. He said he expected “concrete results” on Sunday within a few days.

The Kyiv representative also said Monday’s talk is about peace, ceasefires, the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops and security guarantees. The three previous rounds of consultations in Belarus focused on the humanitarian situation. That was also discussed last week by the foreign ministers of both countries in Turkey. Unfortunately, that conversation yielded no results.

There are currently no plans for a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Ukrainian leader Volodimir Zelensky would like to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. He says his negotiators are “doing everything” to make that happen.

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