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De-escalation around Kyiv and Chernihiv ‘is not a ceasefire’


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds a press conference after peace talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations at the Dolmabahce presidential office in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29. (Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Turkey’s foreign minister said “consensus and common understanding” had been reached between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations on some issues during talks in Istanbul on Tuesday.

“The most significant progress in the negotiations was made today,” Mevlüt Cavusoglu said of the Turkey-brokered talks. He welcomed the progress made in particular on the “absolute priority to reach a ceasefire as soon as possible to pave the way for a permanent political solution”.

Cavusoglu said “more delicate” issues should now be discussed at higher levels, with a meeting between Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers to “make final adjustments to the common approach”. Following this, a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is on the agenda, he said.

About the talks: The Russian delegation to the Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul announced two measures to defuse the conflict with Ukraine after a first day of talks, Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

RIA, citing the Russian delegation, said the measures included a “drastic reduction in military activity in the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions”, as well as the possibility of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky simultaneously with the initialing of peace. dealt with by the foreign ministers of the two countries.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said enough progress had been made during talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations on Tuesday in Istanbul to allow Putin and Zelensky to meet. Speaking in Istanbul after talks concluded between the two sides on Tuesday, Podolyak said there was now a “likelihood” that the two presidents would meet.


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