The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to meet directly with the Russian president Vladimir Putin in person for peace talks.
Zelensky said that it would be a “hard path, this path is needed” but so far the Kremlin has ignored the request for direct peace talks.
Officials who have been involved in negotiations said that there could be a positive result within days as one negotiator said Moscow are now starting to “talk constructively” as there has been “substantial progress” in talks.
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Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian negotiator and an adviser to Zelensky said, “We will not concede in principle on any positions. Russia now understands this. Russia is already beginning to talk constructively.
“I think that we will achieve some results literally in a matter of days.”
The Ukranian negotiator added, that Russia are not “putting ultimatums but carefully listening to our proposals.
To clarify. At the negotiations, the RF not putting ultimatums, but carefully listens to our proposals. 🇺🇦 will not give up any of the positions. Our demands are – the end of the war and the withdrawal of RF troops. I see the understanding and there is a dialogue. pic.twitter.com/72ae9ZeOfn
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) March 13, 2022
“Our demands are – the end of the war and the withdrawal of RF troops. I see the understanding and there is a dialogue,” Poldolyak wrote.
Leonid Slutsky, a senior member of Russia’s negotiating team, told state-run television network RT, “We see significant progress in the negotiations.
“According to my personal expectations, this progress may grow in the coming days into a joint position of both delegations, into documents for signing.”