The signals from Tuesday’s Russian-Ukrainian talks in Turkey are “positive”, but Ukraine does not “intend to relax” its military efforts, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. He also added that this did not mean a lifting of Russian sanctions.
Towards significant progress. The signals from Tuesday’s Russian-Ukrainian talks in Turkey are “positive”, but Ukraine does not “intend to relax” its military efforts, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
“We can say that the signals we are hearing in the negotiations are positive, but they do not make us forget the explosions or the Russian shells,” he said in a video message posted on Telegram. “The situation has not become easier, the scale of the challenges has not diminished, the Russian military still has significant potential to continue attacks against our state,” he added, hours later. a new round of Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul.
The issue of sanctions will only be discussed once the war is over
In this context, “negotiations (between Kyiv and Moscow) should not be expected to lead to the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation. This question can only be considered once the war is over and that we will have recovered what is ours,” said the Ukrainian president.
Earlier in the day, Ukraine made it clear that it will agree to be neutral if it obtains an “international agreement” to guarantee its security. This agreement will need to be signed by several countries acting as guarantors, the chief Ukrainian negotiator said on Tuesday after several hours of Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul.
After three hours of discussions in Istanbul, the head of the Russian delegation and representative of the Kremlin, Vladimir Medinski, meanwhile, reported “substantial discussions” and assured that kyiv’s “clear” proposals for an agreement would be “studied very soon and submitted to President” Vladimir Putin. Announcements, however, greeted with circumspection by Western leaders who also say they want to judge Moscow on its actions rather than on these words.