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Ukraine, Russia to resume negotiations online Friday

Kyiv, Mar 31 (EFE).- Negotiators from Ukraine and Russia will resume talks online Friday, a Ukrainian lawmaker said.

“During the talks in Turkey, we also announced that there is a need for the leaders of the two countries to meet. The Russian delegation replied that a more coherent draft agreement was needed first,” David Arahamia, one of the Ukrainian negotiators, said Thursday on Telegram.

The delegations met in Istanbul Tuesday to address a hostilities cessation, humanitarian issues, and issues including the adoption of a neutral status by Ukraine and the future of the Donbas separatist regions.

After the first day of negotiations, scheduled for two days, Russia said it promised to significantly reduce its military activity around Kyiv and Chernihiv.

Arahamia said the progress of talks over the next week would depend on the participants in the negotiation process.

“And we hope that the presidents of the countries will meet next,” he added.

Arahamia also said that such a meeting should not take place either Russia or Belarus, which has supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine. EFE


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