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Face-to-face Russia-Ukraine talks may start on Tuesday

Face-to-face Russia-Ukraine talks may start on Tuesday

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has described as important the very instance of plans for face-to-face talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations, but the Kremlin sees no progress for the time being.

"We cannot and will not speculate about progress for the time being, but the very decision to go ahead with face-to-face talks is important, of course," Peskov told the media about plans for a face-to-face meeting between Russian and Ukrainian delegates in Istanbul.

"For now, we prefer to follow a policy of not disclosing any details of the talks. We believe that otherwise we might harm the negotiating process," Peskov said.

About the date set for the Istanbul talks Peskov said that they were "unlikely" to begin today.

"The delegation is leaving for Turkey today. We expect that theoretically this may happen tomorrow," he added. In general, he said that "face-to-face meetings allow for conducting talks in a more focused, tighter and meaningful way."

"Regrettably, we cannot say there have been any significant achievements or breakthroughs so far," Peskov concluded.

He refrained from comments when asked about Russia’s expectations ahead of the Istanbul negotiations. Also, Peskov preferred to keep quiet when asked if certain countries, such as Poland, which had taken the liberty of using unfriendly rhetoric in relation to Moscow, might participate in hypothetical Russian-Ukrainian agreements in the capacity of guarantors.

"We prefer not to go into the details of the talks. We believe this would be not feasible and harmful for the negotiating process," he said.

 

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