According to Medinski, Russia is interested in reaching an agreement in the talks with Ukraine that is in the interest of both parties. Any agreement should be in the interests of both sides, says the Russian negotiator. Russia is interested in reaching an agreement as soon as possible, the Interfax news agency quotes the negotiator from the delegation for talks with Ukraine.
According to information from Kyiv, a Ukrainian delegation met the negotiations with Russia on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. The group will be led by the faction leader of the presidential party Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People), David Arachamija, said the Presidential Office in Kyiv on Monday. The delegation also includes Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podoliak and Deputy Foreign Minister Mykola Tochytskyi. It was also announced: “The key question of the negotiations is the immediate cessation of fire and withdrawal of troops from the territory of Ukraine.”
According to data from Kyiv on Sunday there are no conditions for that negotiations. Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko took responsibility for ensuring that all planes, helicopters and missiles stationed in Belarus remained grounded during the Ukrainian delegation’s arrival.
However, despite the planned peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv in Belarus, there is speculation that Lukashenko could intervene in the war on the side of Russia. According to reports, Belarus could officially join the war with soldiers as early as Monday morning. Belarusian paratroopers are said to have been ordered to fly to Ukraine in the early morning, writes the Ukrainian agency Unian. She relies on information from Andrej Strischak from the non-governmental organization Bysol. This information could not be independently verified.
Should Belarus attack Ukraine, that would contradict what Lukashenko is said to have promised to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday. Zelenskyj had stated that the Belarusian President had assured him that he did not want to intervene in the war.
Originally, both sides wanted to meet on Sunday. For a long time it was unclear when the talks would begin. According to reports, the start was significantly delayed because the journey from Ukraine had been difficult due to the fighting.
The Ukrainian ambassador in Austria, Wassyl Chymynez, emphasized the willingness of the leadership in Kyiv to talk in the ORF program “Im Zentrum” on Sunday evening. At the same time, he pointed out that the current talks are “a completely different situation” than when the Kremlin first offered talks a few days ago, when President Vladimir Putin also called for the “replacement of the state leadership”, which “of course is not acceptable”. .