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Thursday will see the most publicized negotiations since the start of the military conflict in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba have reportedly landed in Turkey, where officials have offered to mediate talks between the two senior diplomats.

Moscow’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that Lavrov was due to leave for the Turkish resort of Antalya on Wednesday, with local media later reporting that he and Kuleba had arrived for peace talks, scheduled for Thursday at the Regnum Carya hotel. .

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko, confirmed Kuleba’s arrival at the station on Twitter.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu first announced the meeting scheduled for Monday, expressing hope that it would mark “a turning point and…an important step towards peace and stability.” He noted the talks were negotiated following “intensive diplomatic efforts” by Ankara, and that he would be present for the dialogue.

US President Joe Biden is also expected to meet Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the White House has confirmed.

The Antalya meeting will follow three rounds of talks in Belarus – a close Russian ally – which have produced limited humanitarian corridor plans in several Ukrainian cities, but few other results. Since then, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signaled his willingness to discuss key Russian demands, including recognition of Crimea as Russian territory and the status of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Moscow attacked Kiev in late February, after a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk peace accords and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Luhansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia claims its so-called “special military operation” was launched to defend the two breakaway republics in the Donbass region, although the mission has since expanded to major Ukrainian cities. Kyiv, meanwhile, denounced the offensive as unprovoked, insisting it had no intention of retaking separatist areas by force.

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