No ‘significant progress’ in talks between Kiev and Moscow, Kremlin says

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12:39 : The next round of Ukrainian-Russian presidential talks will start tomorrow at 10:00 (9:00 in France), reports (in Ukrainian) Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia. This session takes place in Istanbul (Turkey). “We are still on the road. Due to logistical difficulties, our arrival is expected quite late”He wrote. “The Russian delegation will arrive today at about 9 pm.”

12:38 : Russian investigative website claims (in Russian) that MP Rustem Umerov, one of the Ukrainian negotiators, was poisoned in Kyiv and that in March he was temporarily recalled from the Ukrainian delegation. The chosen one denies these rumors on Facebook (in Ukrainian)ironically picking up a quote from the writer Mikhail Bulgakov: “Don’t read Soviet newspapers before dinner.”


12:01 : Let’s make a new item in the news this Monday:

• Russian and Ukrainian delegations are expected in Istanbul (Turkey) for a new round of negotiations. Discussions should start “tomorrow”according to the Kremlin. Follow our live broadcasts.

• The Oscars, where the film received a special mention coda, was marked by an explosion of violence. American actor Will Smith punched comedian Chris Rock on stage.

• Finish line. The presidential campaign officially kicked off this morning, changing the rules. Emmanuel Macron is due to travel to Dijon in the afternoon for a trip on the topic of youth and urban politics.

• Several police officers were injured during the rallies, a police source told Franceinfo. This follows a broadcast of an unauthenticated video in which we hear CRS singing “La Marseillaise” during a barbecue during Ivan Colonna’s funeral on Friday.

11:46 : “Joe Biden’s new statement about Vladimir Putin is alarming”This was stated by the official representative of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.. “We will continue to closely monitor his statements”he added when Joe Biden named Vladimir Putin “Butcher”.

12:07 : Russia and Ukraine have not achieved“significant progress” end the conflict, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this morning. Russian and Ukrainian delegations are expected today in Istanbul for a new round of negotiations, which should begin “tomorrow”according to the Kremlin.

12:38 : Vladimir Putin has never turned down a meeting with Vladimir Zelensky, but a meeting to exchange views today would be counterproductive, Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference. Meeting of two men “It will be necessary only after all the key issues for the Russian Federation have been clarified.”


11:08 : Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced a six billion euro direct aid plan for households and businesses. Purpose: compensation for the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine. This plan, which will be adopted tomorrow by the Council of Ministers, “will be valid until June 30” and will also include “10 billion euros” government-guaranteed loans.

10:47 : In Nikolaev, a very Russian-speaking city in Ukraine where shelling continues, residents often feel as though they are being hit “brothers”. “My grandfather came here from Russia. My last name is Russian. I am Russian. We are all Russians, and the Russians massacred us. Why?”, the resident is lamenting. Report on the spot.

Valentina, 75, poses under her balcony, destroyed by Russian bombing, in Nikolaev, March 27, 2022.  (ERIC AUDRA/FRANCE INFO)


10:46 : Brewer Heineken has announced that it is in turn leaving Russia, where the Dutch group has 1,800 employees, because of the ongoing war in Ukraine. “expand and strengthen”. “Heineken’s ownership of business in Russia is no longer sustainable or viable in the current environment. As a result, we decided to leave Russia.”the world’s second-largest brewer said in a statement.

09:13 : Jean-Francois Karenco, Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), calls on all French people to save energy now. In daily interview Echohe believes the gas supply difficulties caused by the war in Ukraine and the unprecedented drop in EDF’s nuclear power generation are sure to lead to difficulties in the winter of 2022 if nothing is done.

12:05 : It’s 9 am, here’s a new item in the news:

“Abstinence is completely legal”Philippe Putou says. The NPA candidate was a guest on the “Presidential Mornings” program on the Franceinfo website.

• Incredible evening at the Oscars. codalow budget remake Aries family, won Hollywood’s highest award, and Will Smith, who was awarded for his role in The Williams Method, made a splash when he took the stage to slap comedian Chris Rock. More about awards.

• New talks between Kiev and Moscow should take place in Turkey, in Istanbul in the coming days. Ukraine said it was ready for discussion “deep” its neutrality, while the humanitarian situation in Mariupol is described as “catastrophic”. “People are fighting for survival”This is reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

09:14 : While the French Auchan supermarkets chose to stay in Russia despite the war in Ukraine, Philippe Putou had this to say: “The government was wrong from the very beginning, giving the bosses the freedom to make money at the expense of others. This is true for the Russian workers, as elsewhere. A boycott is a useful weapon.”

10:19 : 19:07, last night. The Allegro train entered the station of the Finnish capital Helsinki, and with it the last remaining railway line between Russia and the European Union ended. Twelve years after the first run of this modern train (with Vladimir Putin on board), a symbol of the renewal of relations between Europe and Russia, traffic between St. Petersburg and Helsinki ceases this Monday.

(Roni Rekomaa / LECHTIKUVA / AFP)

10:04 am : Business daily Echo title about the war in Ukraine and “challenge of rearmament” which originates in Europe. “The war in Ukraine is pushing Europeans to build a true Europe of defense”we can read.

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