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David Arajamihead of the Ukrainian delegation in the peace talks with Russia, points out the possibility of resuming negotiations at the end of August, once kyiv has managed to strengthen its position with a series of counter-offensives.
In an interview with the “Voice of America” radio station, echoed by Ukrainian media, the negotiator stated that kyivthere are no plans to resume talks at the moment, but yes late summer
When asked, what will change between now and August, Arajamia did not want to give details, But he noted that he believes there will be “counter-offensive operations in some places.”
To resume the negotiations stalled since the end of March, the negotiator made it a condition that the Ukrainian forces have managed to significantly strengthen their control over the territory or that Russian troops voluntarily withdraw to their positions prior to February 24, the day the invasion began.
fulfilled that requirement, it would be possible to sit at the negotiating table and deal through diplomatic and political channels with issues such as the return of the separatist territories in Donbas and the Crimean peninsula.
“We would be willing to consider a political agreement, such as the one we proposed in Istanbul“, added Arajamia, in relation to the last round of face-to-face talks between kyiv and Moscow that took place on March 29.
After these meetings, Russia accused the Ukrainian negotiators of having interrupted the dialogue.
At present, the Ukrainian government is reluctant to return to the negotiating table, considering that Moscow is not to be trusted and that a ceasefire in the current situation would make Russian control permanent over the territories occupied in the course of the invasion.
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