Russian President Vladimir Putin did not seem ready to make any compromises ahead of the primary face-to-face peace talks with Ukraine in two weeks, in accordance to a senior US official.
Delegates of the 2 nations had been set to meet Monday amid a altering battlefield, wherein Ukrainian forces final week loosened Russia’s grip with a collection of profitable counterattacks outdoors Kyiv and Kherson.
“Everything I have seen is [Putin] is not willing to compromise at this point,” the senior US State Department official advised Reuters.
Kyiv and Moscow are anticipated to talk about a potential deal that might contain Ukraine abandoning its marketing campaign to be a part of NATO in alternate for safety ensures and probably having the ability to be a part of the European Union, sources told the Financial Times.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday advised Russian journalists that he was willing to compromise on the difficulty of Ukrainian neutrality.
“Security guarantees and neutrality, non-nuclear status of our state — we are ready to go for it,” he stated in Russian.
While particulars of the plan had been hazy, Zelensky stated any deal could be brokered by third events and put to a referendum for Ukrainian voters. The president additionally made clear that any deal would require Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
Negotiations are set to start Tuesday in Turkey, a NATO member state with shut diplomatic ties to each Russia and Ukraine. It would be the first face-to-face assembly between the warring international locations since March 10.
While Ukraine has retaken strategic territory across the capital metropolis and the Crimean peninsula, Russian forces proceed to pummel the southern port metropolis of Mariupol, the place street-by-street preventing has damaged out after weeks of heavy bombardment.
And because the Russians sign a shift of their priorities towards the separatist-held areas of the Donbas within the east, Zelensky stated they’re returning to some of the brutal techniques borne of the preventing that started there in 2014.
“They are kidnapping the mayors of our cities,” Zelensky told the Economist in an interview Sunday. “They killed some of them. Some of them we can’t find. Some of them we have found already, and they are dead.”
With Post wires