Russia: Talks with Ukraine continue

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Peace talks with Ukraine have not stopped and are being carried out remotely, the Russian Interfax news agency reported, citing today’s statements by the head of the Russian negotiators Vladimir Medinsky.

Moscow accuses Kyiv of delaying talks and using reports of atrocities committed by Russian troops to undermine negotiations. Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Asked when face-to-face talks with Ukrainian negotiators could take place, Medinsky said: “We need to be more specific in order to meet face-to-face.”

The Ukrainian and Russian negotiating teams have not held live peace talks since March 29, although they have videotaped talks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last month that there was a high risk that the talks would end, blaming public outrage over what he said were horrific acts perpetrated by Russian forces as they withdrew from parts of the north. Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described Moscow’s actions as a “special military operation” aimed at disarming Ukraine, defending Russian-speaking people from persecution and preventing the United States and its allies from using the country to threaten Russia.

Ukraine denies Putin’s allegations of persecution and denies that Ukraine or Western countries pose any threat to Russia.

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