The outcome of the “difficult” talks between Russia and Ukraine revealed – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Talks between Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers were hosted by Turkey

Russia and Ukraine have not yet reached a ceasefire agreement, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters after meeting his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Turkey on Thursday. He described the talks as having been “difficult.”

Lavrov said Kiev had been asked to consider a Russian proposal on how the ongoing hostilities between the two countries could be resolved. Kuleba reiterated that his country has no intention of meeting Russia’s demands.

The meeting in the Turkish city of Antalya was separate from the Belarus-hosted peace talks, three rounds of which ended without any significant progress being made.

Lavrov stressed that Thursday’s meeting was not a substitute for talks in Belarus. He suggested Kyiv’s aim at the meeting was to give the impression that it was doing its best on the diplomatic front.

“They always want to replace the real work on implementing agreements by inventing new formats that are supposed to be covered prominently in the news,” said the minister. “I am not surprised that Mr. Kuleba said that we do not agree to a ceasefire. No one was trading it here in the first place.

Commenting on the possibility of holding negotiations at the presidential level, Lavrov said Russian President Vladimir Putin would not meet Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky just to have a meeting.

Russia launched an attack on Ukraine in late February, after accusing it of trying to peacefully resolve its conflict with the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and of compromising Russian national security by allowing the entry of NATO forces. Moscow says its goals are to demilitarize Ukraine and eradicate radical nationalist elements from its government and armed forces.

Kyiv and its Western supporters called the attack an unprovoked act of aggression. The United States and its allies imposed harsh sanctions on Moscow, intended to cripple the Russian economy, and also stepped up their arms supply to Ukraine, but refused to intervene militarily in the conflict.

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