FM Kuleba refutes Erdogan’s claims of 'consensus' in Ukraine-Russia peace talks

25 March, 06:08 PM
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. (Photo:REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. (Photo:REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo)

In a comment to Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda on March 25, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has refuted an earlier claim by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Russia and Ukraine are “approaching consensus” in their ongoing peace talks.

According to Erdogan, Moscow and Kyiv are in almost complete agreement on the questions of NATO membership, special protections for the Russian language in Ukraine, some unspecified “demilitarization” concessions, and “security guarantees” to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Kuleba said there was no agreement between the sides on these issues.

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“Our country is deeply thankful to Turkey and president Erdogan, personally, for their political and humanitarian support, as well as their diplomatic efforts to end Russia’s war on Ukraine,” said the minister.

“At the same time, we ought to look at things objectively; there is no consensus with Russia on the four points mentioned by the Turkish president.”

“In particular, the Ukrainian language is, and will remain the only official language in our country.”

Kuleba added that it’s misleading to break the ongoing negotiation into discreet issues, since the involved delegations are discussing many different questions as a complex whole.

“The Ukrainian delegation is firmly standing its ground, not giving up on any of our demands; first and foremost, we insist on a ceasefire, security guarantees, and Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” Kuleba said.

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