Russia has called for progress in talks with Kyiv on neutral Ukraine

Russia has demanded that its neighbor never join the Western NATO military alliance.


In talks with Ukraine, Russia’s chief negotiator said on Friday that Moscow and Kyiv had put their positions “as close as possible” to a proposal to make Ukraine a neutral state.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it was discussing a neutral Ukraine along the lines of Sweden or Austria in talks with Kyiv to end a three-week military operation in Russia.

But Ukraine rejected the proposal and said it wanted to ensure its security by international forces.

“The issue of neutral status and the non-accession of Ukraine to NATO is one of the key issues in the talks, which is to bring the parties as close as possible to their positions,” Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said on Friday. Russian news agencies.

But he added that there were “nuances” in the “security guarantees” demanded by Ukraine.

Russia, which has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24, has demanded that its neighbor not be included in the Western NATO military alliance, as well as its “demilitarization” and “deacification.”

Medinsky said on Friday that negotiators are “halfway” to Ukraine’s “demilitarization” agreement.

Mikhail Podolya, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky, has said that his country’s position has not changed.

“The state of negotiations. The statements of the Russian party are only the attitudes of the applicants,” he wrote on Twitter.

“All the statements are aimed at raising tension in the media, among other things. Our attitudes have not changed. Ceasefire, withdrawal of troops and strong security guarantees with specific formulas.”

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was automatically created from a union feed.)


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