Russian negotiator: De-escalation around Kyiv and Chernihiv “is not a ceasefire” πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds a press conference after the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 29. (Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Turkey’s foreign minister said β€œconsensus and common understanding” was reached between Ukrainian and Russian delegations on some issues during talks in Istanbul on Tuesday.

β€œThe most meaningful progress in negotiations has been made today,” MevlΓΌt Cavusoglu said of the talks brokered by Turkey. He hailed the progress made in particular on the β€œtop priority of achieving a ceasefire as soon as possible to pave the way for a permanent political solution.”

Cavusoglu said the β€œtrickier” issues are now to be discussed at higher levels, with a meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers to β€œmake final adjustments to the common approach.” Following that, a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is on the agenda, he said.

About the talks: The Russian delegation to Russia-Ukraine talks in Istanbul announced two steps to de-escalate the conflict toward Ukraine following a first day of talks, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

RIA, citing the Russian delegation, said the steps included a “drastic reduction in military activity in the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions,” and also the possibility of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky simultaneously with the initialing of the peace treaty by the foreign ministers of both countries.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian presidential adviser also Mykhailo Podolyak said enough progress was made during talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations on Tuesday in Istanbul to allow Putin and Zelensky to meet. Speaking in Istanbul after talks wrapped between the two sides on Tuesday, Podolyak said there was now a “likelihood” that the two presidents may meet.

Russian negotiator: De-escalation around Kyiv and Chernihiv “is not a ceasefire”

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