Lavrov: Putin and Zelensky Meeting Only After Near-Agreement

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A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelensky would now be “counterproductive”, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.

 

However, that will only be an issue if both sides are closer to an agreement on the main points of contention, Lavrov told Serbian media.

Zelensky has repeatedly asked for a meeting with Putin to end the war that has now lasted more than a month. He said on Sunday that Ukraine would make it clear once again in Turkey during a new round of talks this week that it will not cede parts of the country.

“Security guarantees and neutrality, the non-nuclear status of our state, we are ready to go for it.” The most difficult points of contention are the status of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas and the Crimean peninsula.

Zelensky refuses to comply with the Russian demand to demilitarize Ukraine. According to him, an agreement is only possible if Moscow withdraws its troops. According to the Kremlin, not much has been achieved in the various rounds of negotiations so far, as the Russian army continues to bomb cities.

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