New discussions began on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey to try to end the war in Ukraine. These were negotiations in the presence of two countries after several rounds of negotiations via videoconference.
Russia promised “radically” reduce its military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernigov in Ukraine, after Russian-Ukrainian negotiations “essential”This was stated by Russian negotiators on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
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“Negotiations on an agreement on neutrality and a nuclear-free status of Ukraine are moving into practice […]it was decided, in order to increase confidence, to sharply reduce combat activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernigov”This was stated in Istanbul after the talks by Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Alexander Fomin.
This was announced by the head of the Russian delegation and the representative of the Kremlin, Vladimir Medinsky. “meaningful talks” and said that the proposals “Purely” Ukraine with the aim of concluding an agreement met “very soon studied and presented to the president” Vladimir Putin.
According to him, in the event of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, a meeting between the leaders of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky and Russia, Vladimir Putin, as well as representatives of the guarantor states, is possible.
“As for the meeting of the two presidents, we said from the very beginning that it would be possible when there was an agreement. […] The meeting could be multilateral, with the participation of guarantor states.”he said.
“After today’s substantive discussion, we have reached an agreement and propose to hold a meeting to initial the agreement.d,” he said.
“If we (act) quickly work on an agreement and find the necessary compromises, the possibility of making peace will come closer”Vladimir Medinsky said.
This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. “the most significant progress since the start of negotiations”, indicating that they “will not resume” Wednesday 30 March.
“Now there is a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries to resolve the most difficult issues”he added, before clarifying that the Istanbul meeting was over.
According to Turkish media, the heads of the two delegations met face to face on the sidelines of the discussions.
The Russian and Ukrainian delegations met on Tuesday morning at the Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the sultans on the Bosphorus and the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire, where the Turkish president’s offices are located.
The end of the “tragedy”
They were greeted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who urged them to put an end to “tragedy” represented by the invasion of Ukraine by troops from Moscow.
Turkey, bordering two belligerents on the Black Sea, has been cautious in managing its relationship with the two sides since the beginning of the crisis and then the hostilities, and has sought to facilitate mediation from the outset.
He is also involved with France and Greece in negotiations for the humanitarian evacuation of thousands of civilians trapped in the city of Mariupol (southern Ukraine), besieged by Russian troops.