Ukraine agrees to hold talks with Russia in Belarus – Moscow – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


Previously, Kiev refused to conduct negotiations on Belarusian territory amid the conflict

Russia said on Sunday that after some back and forth, Ukraine had agreed to send a team to Belarus for talks aimed at ending Russia’s military campaign in the country.

Kyiv “confirmed” the planned talks in the Gomel region, which is close to the borders of Russia and Ukraine, Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky told reporters.

Medinsky added that the parties were now deciding on the logistics and exact location of the summit, with “maximum security” for Ukrainians.

“We guarantee that the travel route will be 100% safe. We will wait for the Ukrainian delegation,” said the chief Russian negotiator.

The Russian team arrived in Gomel on Sunday, where they said talks were planned with the Ukrainians. Kiev later said it wanted to negotiate on “neutral ground” arguing that Russian troops were using Belarusian territory to stage attacks on Ukraine. Minsk, however, denied that its forces were taking part in the Russian operation.

Moscow attacked its neighbor this week, arguing that it was defending the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which broke away from eastern Ukraine shortly after the 2014 coup in Kiev. Ukraine said the move was an act of unprovoked aggression.

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