Russia and Ukraine are now working to sign a peace agreement, and according to Western sources, there is a “great distance” between the two parties, he writes Sky News.
Ukraine’s foreign minister believes that one thing will determine whether there will be a breakthrough in the negotiations. They are demanding a ceasefire.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov headed the Ukrainian delegation. He says there has been progress in some areas, but that Russia must stop the attacks before any concessions can be made, he writes Watchman.
The minister made his statement in a digital meeting with other politicians in the country’s defense committee on Thursday.
“Of course we will talk first and foremost in the negotiations about a ceasefire, about humanitarian corridors, supplies for civilians and their evacuation, and maybe later we can sign a peace agreement,” Reznikov said.
He assures that Ukraine will not surrender, and says that the Ukrainian forces are ready to resist.
– Today we can say that the negotiations are at a rather technical level, he says and adds that lawyers and politicians are involved in the talks.
He is also aware that given the current situation, the agreement is not something he is pleased with yet.
– But I hope that we will end this war very soon and, of course, defeat the Russians.
The Guardian writes that there is significant doubt among the Ukrainian negotiating team and in the West over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the talks in good faith.
France: This is how Putin can be serious
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian sees parallels between the war in Ukraine and the wars in Syria and Chechnya.
– As in Grozny and Aleppo, three elements are repeated; Arbitrary bombing, humanitarian corridors designed to accuse the other side of disrespect and pointless talks, just to pretend to negotiate, he says.
The Secretary of State believes that there is one way that Putin can demonstrate his actual interest in negotiating, namely, to become involved in an important issue; truce.
“Sanctions will be intensified until Putin realizes that the cost of continuing the conflict will be so high that a ceasefire is preferable and he will start real talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Financial Times wrote that Ukraine and Russia should be close to finalizing an initial 15-point peace deal. Russia rejects this. Ukraine is doing the same.
Among the demands, according to the newspaper, Ukraine withdraw its desire to join NATO.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who met with Zelensky on Tuesday, said the president was ready to accede to this demand, but Ukraine needed something in return.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store believes there is reason to be skeptical about the negotiations because the battle on the ground is still in effect, even though the two sides are meeting for negotiations.
– It is very difficult to determine whether what is going on in the talks is something that helps to buy time for the belligerent party; That there’s a conversation going on that keeps hope going while still waning with attacks. “I think that’s the most problematic thing we’re seeing now,” Store said at a news conference on Thursday.
– There is talk of potential agreements and future solutions, and at the same time it is very difficult to know if there are enough humanitarian corridors to get people out, and it also continues attacks on civilians, continues Store, who served as the former foreign minister.
It is good with all the initiatives for the talks, says Store, the most recent of which is from Turkey.
We must look forward to ending this war. All the initiatives that may emerge, I think we should choose to take them seriously and hopefully succeed. There is no doubt that a country like Turkey has connections and networks when they can be taken advantage of, says Store and continues:
There is reason for a good dose of skepticism when we see what is happening on Earth.
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