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Russia and Ukraine negotiate on the border of Belarus in the midst of fighting

The Russian and Ukrainian diplomatic delegations held the first talks on Monday since last Thursday Russia would invade Ukrainereported the Belarusian news agency BELTA.

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The talks between the two countries come after Russian troops met with fierce Ukrainian resistance and massive sanctions on Russia by the Western powers.

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On the Russian side, the diplomatic mission is led by the Kremlin adviser, Vladimir Medinsky. In front, Ukraine sent to the Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikovwho arrived dressed in military uniform.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov (second from left) arrives to attend talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations in the Gomel region. (Sergei KHOLODILIN / BELTA / AFP).

“You can feel completely safe”, declared the head of Belarusian diplomacy, Vladimir Makei, at his reception.

The Kremlin preferred this Monday not to announce its “positions” in the face of the conversations, declared its spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, since he considers that they should be done in “silence”.

For Ukraine, “the key issue is an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of (Russian) troops from Ukrainian territory”, the Ukrainian presidency noted on Monday.

These conversations take place in one of the residences of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, in the region of Gomelnear the Ukrainian border.


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Source: Elcomercio

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