A second round of Russia-Ukraine talks Conditions on the table

A second round of Russia-Ukraine talks Conditions on the table
A second round of Russia-Ukraine talks Conditions on the table

The Ukrainian delegation headed for the second round of talks with Russia on the Polish-Belarus border, Thursday, according to what one of its members announced on Twitter.

Ukraine's presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolak, wrote on Twitter, with a photo attached to the tweet showing him with Parliamentary official David Arakhamia in what appears to be a helicopter cabin on the way to negotiations with the Russian Federation. We are currently in the helicopters. 

The humanitarian situation in many Ukrainian cities besieged or subjected to Russian bombardment is witnessing a significant deterioration, and the southern city of Mariupol has become almost isolated from the world and is subjected to violent bombardment, while Kharkiv, which is the second largest city in Ukraine, has been bombed for several days.

The talks are being held in Polivskaya Pusha in the Belarusian Brest region of Belarus, which is close to the border with Poland, according to Belarus and Russia.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state television that he believed some foreign leaders were preparing for war against Russia.

Lavrov also accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of heading a society in which Nazism thrives .

Lavrov stressed that NATO's unwillingness to guarantee the security of one country at the expense of another exacerbates the deterioration of the situation, and asked:  How can the West determine what threatens our security and what does not threaten it? 

On nuclear weapons, Lavrov said that Russia has a  military doctrine which sets the conditions for nuclear weapons, and Moscow has no intention of escalation.

Lavrov said:  President Biden said that the alternative to sanctions is World War III We will not allow any provocations to derail us and push us to launch war. 

Terms of the parties

TASS revealed some conditions for the two sides to stop the fighting, and said that Russia demanded that Ukraine recognize the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which Moscow supports, and stop its demands to restore the Crimea, which has been controlled by Russia since 2014.

In return, Ukraine stipulated a cease-fire from the Russian side, and the withdrawal of Russian forces from its entire territory.

And last Monday, the two sides held a first round of talks, after Russia and Ukraine expressed a desire to do so under the auspices of Belarus, but they did not succeed in stopping violent military operations, especially from the Russian side.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had seen the first round of talks, but that  it is too early to judge the outcome. 

He added that there are no plans to hold talks between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, adding that Moscow still recognizes the latter as Ukraine's president.


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