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Kremlin ready for negotiations with Ukraine on Wednesday

Russia says it is ready to continue negotiations with Ukraine on Wednesday.

Moscow, 2 March 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Russia says it is ready to continue negotiations with Ukraine on Wednesday.

“This afternoon, late afternoon, our delegation will be on the ground waiting for the Ukrainian negotiators,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in Moscow, according to the Interfax agency. “Our delegation will be ready to continue the talks this evening.”

Peskov did not name the venue at first: “I don’t want to do it in advance.”

After the first talks on Monday, both sides had mentioned the Belarusian–Polish border as a place for negotiations.

The Russian delegation is again to be led by former culture minister Vladimir Medinsky. The first round ended without tangible results.

Peskov made it clear that Russia insists on the demands formulated by President Vladimir Putin, primarily that the government in Kiev must recognize the “people’s republics” of Luhansk and Donetsk as well as Russia’s sovereignty over the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Russia also demands the “demilitarization” of Ukraine.

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