Russia: negotiations “in course “with Ukraine

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that contacts between her country and Ukraine “continue”.

The TASS news agency quoted Zakharova as saying that the contacts between the two sides were “in course “as part of the negotiations in course held by both sides after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine about two months ago.

Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said on Monday that the talks of pace with Ukraine they did not stop, but took place at a distance.

Moscow accuses Kiev of interrupting talks and using reports of atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine to undermine the negotiations. Russia denies targeting civilians in its military operation in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last week that he is still open to negotiations with Russia, only if Moscow withdraws its forces in position before the start of the military operation.

Speaking at the Chatham House expert center in London on Friday, Zelensky said that “bringing the situation back to that of February 23” – the day before the Russian operation begins – is a prerequisite for negotiation.

“In this case, we will be able to discuss things normally” and Ukraine will be able to use “diplomacy” to regain its territory, he added.

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