There has been some
“reconciliation” on critical issues in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine,
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an interview with Turkish
Hurriyet published on March 20.
However, some of these issues need to be resolved at the leader-level, he added.
“The positions of the two sides coincide on important and critical issues. In particular, we see that they almost fully coincide on the first four points (of the agreement). Some issues should be solved at the level of presidents,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that there is hope for a ceasefire if the current negotiating positions hold.
“There are open channels between the leaders. This is already known,” he added.
On March 19, Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential advisor and member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation with Russian, said that negotiations with Russia on ending the war against Ukraine could go on for at least several weeks, although there are signs that Moscow's position has become more "reasonable."