Kyiv waiting to see whether Moscow will issue ultimatums or move forward on peace

1 April, 06:46 PM
Kuleba said that Ukraine is waiting for a formal response from the Russian Federation (Photo:Dmytro Kuleba/Facebook)

Kuleba said that Ukraine is waiting for a formal response from the Russian Federation (Photo:Dmytro Kuleba/Facebook)

Ukraine is waiting for a formal response from Russia to Kyiv's peace proposals, to end the Russian invasion of Ukraine, following peace negotiations in Istanbul between delegations of both parties, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during a briefing on April 1.

“We haven’t received a full answer yet,” Kuleba noted, adding that Russia’s response will show whether the aggressor state is ready for real negotiations, or persist in its demands of ‘demilitarization’ and ‘denazification’ of Ukraine, which do not represent real negotiating positions. 

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“From this answer, it will become clear whether Russia persists with language of ultimatums, or whether they have nevertheless moved on to a constructive discussion of the agenda and the search for mutually accept-able solutions,” the Foreign Minister said.

Meanwhile, Russian propagandist foreign affairs minister Sergei Lavrov told state-controlled Russian media that Moscow's response is being formulated, though no final version has yet been settled upon.

“There is some progress... But regarding potential further contacts, they are being worked out now, and will be announced,” Lavrov alleged.

Earlier, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak confirmed that a new round of negotiations with the Russian side had commenced in an on-line format.

On March 29, negotiations between Ukraine and Russia were held in Tur-key. Following those, the Ukrainian delegation unveiled the idea of a new system of security guarantees for Ukraine.

Kyiv wants to see UN Security Council countries as guarantors, including the United Kingdom, China, the United States, France, Turkey, Germany, Poland and Israel. Other countries will be able to join the security guarantees at will.

In a separate clause of the agreement, Ukraine and Russia will freeze the de facto border of the occupied Crimean peninsula for 15 years to conduct bilateral negotiations regarding both Crimea, and the port city of Sevastopol.  The Ukrainian side also proposed that Zelensky and Putin meet face-to-face in order to discuss the continuing Russian occupation of parts of Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Any finalized peace treaty would also need to be ratified by the Ukrainian people in a referendum - only following the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.

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