Zelensky’s adviser believes talks with Russia are moving towards a compromise

Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that Russia and Ukraine have come close to a compromise in the negotiation process. In addition, he believes that the meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, can take place when all procedural issues are settled, and the negotiators and foreign ministers of the two countries finish their work. Mr. Podolyak told Kommersant’s special correspondent Vladimir Solovyov about this.

“We have all the proposals that protect these interests in one way or another, take Ukraine out of harm’s way so that similar situations do not happen again, take Ukraine into some kind of compensatory history in the right sense. And I emphasize once again: the Russian side is already looking much more adequately (at the situation.— “b”). But some more time will have to pass for them to understand 100% in general the situation that Russia, and not Ukraine, has fallen into, ”said Mikhail Podolyak.

According to Mikhail Podolyak, the parties hold regular video meetings, and working groups have also been created for the negotiation process. The parties “began to talk about something, and not throw ultimatums.” According to him, at the moment the working groups are engaged in the legal settlement of the final documents. Russia and Ukraine also agreed not to disclose information until positions on key issues are agreed.

Mr. Podolyak specified that the parties are discussing the terms of the ceasefire, the issue of compensation for damage for the destroyed infrastructure of Ukraine, the process of the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country’s territory and the terms of the peace agreement. The key point of the peace agreement is the issue of security guarantees for Russia and Ukraine.

Mr. Podolyak announced the fourth round of negotiations in the near future. Three rounds of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine took place on February 28, March 3 and 7. Based on their results, the parties agreed to create humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians.

More details – in the material “Kommersant”.


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