“Now is the time for accountability and for achieving concrete results.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Ukrainians and Russians, meeting in Istanbul for the first time in two weeks, to sign an immediate and permanent ceasefire to end this tragedy.” It will take time but steps are being taken to achieve this. On the first day, the Ukrainian delegation delivered its conditions for being a neutral country to the representatives of the Kremlin. The Ukrainians’ objective is to organize a meeting between the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, and the Ukrainian, Volodymyr Zelensky and they see that there is a basis for it to be celebrated.
Israel, Poland, Canada and Turkey would be among the guarantors of Ukraine’s security, according to the Ukrainian negotiator, who added that an agreement could only be signed “in times of peace and when those who are outside will have been able to return”. The inclusion of the United Kingdom, the United States and China is also considered. Ukraine would not be part of any military alliance and would not host military bases.
Some of these countries would have agreed to this participation. The guarantee of security would be like the application of Article 5 of NATO. In other words, in case Ukraine was attacked, they would intervene in its defence.
the FinancialTimes he predicted that Russia is ready to accept Ukraine’s accession to the European Union if it is neutral. Ukraine has asked to join but the 27 will not provide it with a fast track to do so.
The proposals would also include a 15-year consultation period on the status of annexed Crimea and could only come into effect if there is a full ceasefire, Reuters reports.
The Russian representative at the Istanbul talks, Vladimir Medinsky, has signaled that the talks have been constructive, according to the BBC. Medinsky said they would inform Russian leader Vladimir Putin of kyiv’s demands.
In order to “increase mutual trust and get a peace deal signed with Ukraine,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said the Kremlin would reduce military activity around Kyiv and Chernigov .
The fourth round of negotiations resumed Tuesday at the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, with the presence of Erdogan, at the inauguration, and the oligarch Roman Abramovich, who reportedly suffered from symptoms of poisoning after a meeting during which two Ukrainian negotiators on March 3 in kyiv. The Kremlin denies any connection with what happened to the oligarch and the negotiators: it would be an information war, according to Putin’s spokesman, Dmytri Peskov.
Moscow and Kyiv are discussing a pause in hostilities and humanitarian corridors as part of a possible deal that would see Ukraine drop its NATO membership drive in exchange for security guarantees and the prospect of join the EU.
With Russia’s month-long ground offensive largely at a standstill, Moscow has signaled its willingness to drop some of its tougher initial demands. But Ukraine and its Western supporters fear Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the talks as a ruse to restock his forces for a new offensive.
According to several people close to the negotiations, consulted by the FT. Putin announced on February 24 that Russia was launching “a special military operation” aimed at “denazifying” and “demilitarizing” the country. President Zelensky is of Jewish descent, but the Kremlin still uses this narrative to justify the invasion.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, assured that the negotiators representing his country “will not exchange people, land and sovereignty” during the talks. There are red lines on both sides and finding the lowest common denominator is the goal of the first steps towards peace. Mariúpol hopes that they will stop his agony.