The head of the delegation of Ukraine called the condition for negotiations with Russia

The negotiating position of Kyiv should be strengthened by the supply of weapons from the West, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are already ready to use them, Arakhamia said. He noted that while Russia takes control of the settlements, Ukraine takes “one step forward – two steps back”

The resumption of dialogue between representatives of Ukraine and Russia is possible only with a strong negotiating position, now the pause in the negotiations is “sufficiently justified”; because of the tense situation in the Donbass, said the head of the Ukrainian delegation, member of the Verkhovna Rada David Arakhamia during the telethon.

in sufficient volume. “Our armed forces are already ready to use it <…> And then, I think, we can initiate a new round of negotiations from a strengthened negotiating position, — said Arakhamia (quote from Ukrayinska Pravda).

The head of the Ukrainian delegation noted that Russian forces are currently continuing to establish control over settlements. He pointed out: “as long as we take one step forward” two years ago, while I see no reason to initiate further negotiations».

The Russian special operation in Ukraine began at the end of February, after which the delegations of the two countries met several times in person and via video link. They achieved the greatest progress at the end of March at a meeting in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace, representatives of Ukraine handed over to the Russian side their proposals to resolve the crisis.

Representatives of Moscow later sent a response document to Ukraine, but received no response, said the head of the delegation, Vladimir Medinsky. He considered that “freezing negotiations” this is entirely the initiative of Ukraine. A similar opinion was expressed in the Kremlin, noting that Kyiv is “freezing” negotiations.

Ukrainian authorities explained that the dialogue was influenced by the events in the city of Bucha, which the Russian Ministry of Defense considered a provocation to denigrate Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke about the impact of what happened in Bucha on the course of negotiations, calling the incident ” ;provocation». It cannot be said that Ukrainians are “thirsty” for negotiations with the Russian side, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said.

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Zelensky repeatedly offered a personal meeting with Putin, indicating that the conversation should take place without intermediaries. “Only with him. Without any intermediaries. And on the terms of dialogue, and not on the terms of ultimatums, — he emphasized. The President of Ukraine noted that the issue would be discussed one— cessation of hostilities. He also warned that Kyiv would withdraw from the negotiation process with Moscow if referendums were held on the territories of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops.

The Kremlin allowed a personal meeting between Putin and Zelensky, but only after the delegations agreed on the text of the document. “Nothing has changed for us. We do not reject the possibility of a meeting for our President,— said Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

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