Where are the negotiations?

On Tuesday, Moscow decided that the meeting with Kyiv was not “substantial” enough. However, Vladimir Putin continues to ignore the invitation to the conference issued by Volodymyr Zelensky. He said he was ready for a “compromise” in Donbus and Crimean.

Can the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine really be a great game of diplomats organized by Moscow? In any case, the latest statement by a spokesperson for the Russian President cast doubt on Russia’s true intentions in these discussions.

Vladimir Putin’s best friend Dmitry Peskov declared on Tuesday that “a specific process (of negotiations) is taking place, but we want to make it more energetic and substantive.” ..

However, it is Russia that has ignored the invitation issued by Volodymyr Zelensky, claiming that he is ready to meet Vladimir Putin in person since the invasion of Ukraine began. In an interview given to the Ukrainian local media Suspilne, which was revealed Monday-Tuesday night, the head of state of Ukraine said that “a meeting in any form” with his Russian counterpart “stops the war”. Specified to be the only way to. ..

In the same interview, the former actor who became a warlord is ready for a “compromise” of the territory of Crimean, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014, with Donbus, partially held by pro-Russian separatists. I even said there was.

4 round negotiations

Therefore, it is difficult to measure Moscow’s expectations in the negotiation process held in Belarus on February 28, just five days after the Russian offensive began.

Since then, three other negotiations have taken place. The last in Belarus before the discussion switched to video conference.

“Video conferences help Ukrainians relax and streamline logistics because it was so complicated for Ukrainian delegations to avoid the battle zone and go to Belarus. This will make negotiations faster and more. It will be more efficient, “explains TV5 Monde Igor Delano√ę. Director of the Franco-Russian Observatory in Moscow.

The Russian delegation is headed by Vladimir Medinsky, a former Minister of Culture of Putin. franceinfo Historian Emilia Kustova. On the Ukrainian side, Defense Minister Olexi Reznikov is in charge.

Chat content confidentiality

The content of the meeting remains secret. Dmitry Peskov refused to communicate on the content of the latest discussion that began on March 16. “Currently, publicizing (these issues) only hinders the already slow negotiation process.”

But we know the main intentions of both. In an interview with the American program PBS NewsHour, Ukraine’s Mihairo Podriak, an adviser to Zelensky and a member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation, said: army”.

In a daily interview in Turkey HullietteTurkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Karin revealed that both sides are negotiating on six other topics: Ukraine’s neutrality, disarmament and security, “blame”, Russian in Ukraine Removal of obstacles to use, the situation in Crimea where Donbus and Russia annexed in 2014.

On Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelensky provided the latest information on the discussion in a video posted on social media. “The Ukrainian representative is working on negotiations that are going on almost every day. It’s very difficult, sometimes shameful, but we’re moving forward step by step,” he explained.

While continuing to promote face-to-face meetings with his Russian counterparts, even if that means denying the work performed by his team of negotiators.

“I think only I and Putin can reach an agreement, no matter what the discussions between the negotiating teams,” the Ukrainian president said at CNN on Sunday.

Ankara’s role as an intermediary

The only meeting of senior officials since the beginning of the war took place on March 10 in Antalya, Turkey, between Russian Foreign Minister Sergeń≠ Viklov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Turkey, which has been a NATO member since Russia’s offensive, but has not taken over all of the Western sanctions, wants to stay in touch with the two fighters and act as a leading intermediary. I was thinking.

On the other hand, the meeting in Antalya did not make any concrete progress in the great regret of Dmytro Kuleba, who came above all for the ceasefire negotiations. Same approval of failure on the Russian side. At the end of the meeting, Sergei Labrov said that negotiations taking place in Belarus and subsequent video conference negotiations were the only viable model of discussion.

Nevertheless, Turkey showed on Sunday, March 20, that Russia and Ukraine have made progress in exchange.

“Of course, it’s not easy to understand that civilians are being killed during the war, but I would like to say that the momentum is on the rise,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevrut.

Turkey also said it was ready to host a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We work day and night for peace,” Mevrut Chabsoguru said on Sunday.

International pressure is rising

On the Western Prime Minister’s side, the negotiating path is the only way out of the conflict after weeks of military expansion interrupted by Moscow’s wielding nuclear threat, the use of supersonic missiles, and the siege carried out. Presented in the city of Mariupol.

On Tuesday, Elysee said at the end of a new telephone conversation between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin, “there is no other way but to negotiate a ceasefire and integrity.”

In the same observation on the part of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Russia to give Russia an opportunity for diplomatic discussions. “Sooner or later we will have to move from the battlefield to the table of peace, which is inevitable,” he emphasized, explaining the Russian attack as “unwinnable.” Significant progress.

It remains to be seen whether Vladimir Putin will be sensitive to the new path of debate opened by Volodymyr Zelensky on Donbas and Crimean. Keep in mind that it is impossible to say whether the next step the Kremlin’s master wants is to intensify the attack or to start negotiations at height. Wasn’t it Vladimir Putin who agreed to meet Joe Biden on February 20 before launching the attack in Ukraine on February 24?