During their third round of peace talks in Belarus on Monday, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators failed to accomplish substantial breakthroughs.
The news: A member of the Ukrainian delegation, Mykhailo Podolyak, stated that there had been some progress in strengthening the logistics of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine.
- Podolyak also said that rigorous negotiations on the settlement’s core political block, as well as a ceasefire and security guarantees, are still ongoing.
What’s going on: According to Xinhua, a press agency, Russian negotiators provided a significant number of documents, including specific agreements, but the Ukrainian side was unable to sign them at the moment and took all of them home to analyze.
- Both parties discussed the subject of civilian evacuation, with Ukraine assuring Russia that the humanitarian corridors will be operational by Tuesday.
What are they saying: Podolyak, through a tweet stated, “The third round of talks has come to a conclusion. There have been some slight improvements in the logistics of humanitarian corridors… Intensive negotiations on the regulations’ basic political block, as well as a ceasefire and security assurances, have continued.”
- Vladimir Medinsky, a Russian presidential advisor who also serves as the head of the Russian delegation said, “The debates on political and military issues continued. It is, however, still challenging. It’s too early to start talking about the bright side of things.”
- “To be honest, the talks did not live up to our expectations. However, we hope that the next time we will be able to take a bigger step forward,” Medinsky remarked after the nearly three-hour meeting at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the Belarus-Poland border.