President's Office says Ukraine, Russia foreign ministers ready to meet for peace talks

27 March, 02:50 PM
Oleksiy Arestovych (Photo:president.gov.ua)

Oleksiy Arestovych (Photo:president.gov.ua)

The Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers are ready to meet for peace talks to end the full-scale war in Ukraine as they resolved "disagreements" three days ago, advisor to the chief-of-staff of the Office of the President of Ukraine Oleksiy Arestovych said in an interview with Russian lawyer and politician Mark Feygin on March 26.

"The foreign ministers are already ready to meet on fundamental issues, but they (the Russians) are delaying because they hope to win in Mariupol or in the JFO (Joint Forces Operation) zone, as far as I understand…," he said.

"They have already changed the phase. It's time to understand that another phase is also beginning in diplomacy – more realistic negotiations with lesser demands, because the diplomacy is somehow failing."

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"I would say, (Russia’s) demands on the battlefield have decreased drastically, but it diplomacy is still trying to succeed," Arestovych said.

Negotiations to end Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine are being held between the two countries at the level of delegations. The sides have so far met three times on Belarusian territory, after which negotiations continued via video conference.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the chief-of-staff of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said that the position of the aggressor country in the negotiations had recently softened.

He said that a meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian leaders, Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin, respectively, could be organized in a few weeks.

Podolyak added that the presidents could meet as soon as the Ukrainian and Russian delegations finish the paperwork.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has stressed that the Ukrainian delegation has taken a tough stance and is not backing down on its demands.

First of all, Ukraine insists on a ceasefire, and guarantees for the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Kuleba met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Turkey on March 10.

The Ukrainian minister urged his Russian colleague to call a ceasefire in Ukraine for 24 hours, but, unfortunately, no results were achieved during the talks.

Lavrov in turn claimed absurdly that Russia "did not attack Ukraine” – prompting derision in social media.

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