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What Ukraine and Russia have said about the peace talks
Ceasefire talks between Russia and Ukraine continue on Wednesday, with both sides issuing statements on their progress. Here is the last one:
Vladimir Medinsky, the head of the Russian delegation, said the talks were “slow” but progressing, with the disputed regions of Crimea and Donbas still a crucial issue in the talks, alongside the “rights of Russian speakers in Ukraine”. . Ukraine has repeatedly denied allegations of violations of the rights of Russian speakers.
He said Ukraine should not join NATO and that kyiv had made proposals, including “demilitarization in Swedish or Austrian format”.
Earlier Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that Ukraine would not join NATO.
“We realized that Ukraine would not become a member of NATO,” he told British officials via video link, calling for “new formats of interaction with the West.”
Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, welcomed Zelensky’s words.
“Zelensky’s statement on NATO suggests that adequacy is making its way to Kyiv,” Lavrov told RBC, a Russian newspaper. “NATO’s refusal to close the skies over Ukraine indicates that there are still reasonable people in the alliance.