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The Negotiation Process With Russia Is Very Difficult

“The negotiation process is very difficult,” said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. (File)

Kiev, Ukraine:

Ukraine said on Friday that talks with Moscow were “very difficult” and vowed not to back down on its demands, more than a month after the Russian invasion.

“The negotiation process is very difficult,” said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

“The Ukrainian delegation has taken a firm stand and has not relinquished its demands. We insist, first of all, on the ceasefire, security guarantees, and the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” he added.

He also said “there is no consensus” on important matters with Russia.

“In particular, the Ukrainian language is and will be the only state language in Ukraine.”

He was speaking after Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Kyiv and Moscow appear to have reached an agreement on four key points of the talks, including language issues.

While Kuleba said this was not true, he said Ukraine was “sincerely grateful” to Turkey “for their political and humanitarian assistance, as well as diplomatic efforts aimed at ending Russia’s war against Ukraine”.

Moscow has for years claimed that Russian speakers in Ukraine are discriminated against, and has cited this as the main reason for sending troops to the country.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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