Russia negotiations limited to humanitarian issues, says Ukrainian official

7 July, 12:44 PM
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Konkurent_ua/Twitter)

Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Konkurent_ua/Twitter)

Ongoing talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiation groups have been limited to discussing humanitarian issues, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukrainian broadcasters on July 6.

“There is still some contact (with Russia), through humanitarian (negotiation) teams,” said Podolyak.

“After all, we need to resolve the issues of prisoner-of-war exchange, repatriating bodies, establishing humanitarian corridors, that sort of thing. Diplomacy in a political sense is on hold for now,” he added.

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Talks with Russia on fundamental issues of the ongoing war were paused due to Moscow’s willingness to keep using its troops as cannon fodder to obtain a stronger negotiating position.

“Russia still thinks it has enough manpower to afford wasting it indiscriminately on the battlefield," the official said.  “Once we enjoy some tactical successes, we could return to the negotiating table.”

Podolyak said that unrealistic Russian demands of capitulation only prolong the war.

“At any rate, Russian conditions (for peace) are unacceptable,” he noted.

“They are completely unrelated to reality at hand. All they achieve is extending the war further.”

Head of the Ukrainian negotiating team David Arakhamia earlier said that Kyiv will resume peace talks with Russia, following successful counteroffensives which would force the Kremlin to withdraw its troops to pre-war positions.

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