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Zelensky: negotiations with Russia will resume after the withdrawal of its troops from the territory of Ukraine
According to the Ukrainian leader, in order to resume the negotiation process, Russia needs to withdraw its troops from the territories of Ukraine controlled by it.
“In order to start peace talks, Russia must first leave the occupied territories,” the Ukrainian leader said after a meeting with Turkish President Taip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres in Lvov .
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko , in an interview with Lente.ru, said that the chances of resuming negotiations were reduced. According to him, Kiev continues to say that they will be ready to negotiate only after they “recapture” Crimea and Donbass, and this reduces the chances of their resumption to zero.
After the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, several face-to-face rounds of talks between contact groups took place. Representatives of Moscow and Kiev have repeatedly met in Belarus, and the last meeting of the delegations was held in Istanbul on March 29. Before that, talks were also held between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Ukraine Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba. In July, Kuleba stated that Kiev would negotiate with Moscow only after Russia’s defeat on the battlefield. Other conditions for Ukraine, he believes, are unacceptable.