The task of the Ukrainian delegation in the talks with Russian officials is to do everything possible to ensure that the Ukrainian and Russian presidents meet.
This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in his video address to the nation, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"Now about the negotiations with the Russian Federation. Representatives of our countries’ delegations speak in video format every day. Our delegation has a clear task - to do everything to ensure a meeting of the presidents. The meeting that I am sure people are waiting for," Zelensky said.
He noted that such a meeting is "a difficult story," a difficult but necessary path. "
And our goal is for Ukraine to get the necessary result in this struggle, in this negotiation work. Necessary for peace. And for security. So that we have guarantees - normal, effective. NOT like the Budapest ones and not like in our sky. So that Ukrainians could say: this is what works. These are the guarantees. It is necessary to talk," the president stressed.
He cited the organization of 10 humanitarian corridors as a positive example of previous rounds of the negotiation process. "More than ten humanitarian corridors worked. Kyiv region, Luhansk region... 5550 people were saved in one day. In six days - more than 130,000. It is necessary to talk. And this is also due to negotiations. We have to understand that," Zelensky said.
As reported, on February 28, the Ukrainian and Russian delegations held the first round of talks in Belarus and traveled to their capitals for consultations on further decisions. According to Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office, negotiations between the delegations were difficult, but without any ultimatums.
On March 3, the second round of talks between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations took place.
According to Podoliak, the Ukrainian delegation did not achieve the results it had hoped for in the talks with Russia. At the same time, the parties agreed to jointly ensure humanitarian corridors for evacuating civilians and delivering medicines and food to the sites of the fiercest fighting, ceasing fire for the period of evacuation.
During the third round of talks with the Russian delegation, which took place on March 7, the Ukrainian delegation suggested positive results were achieved in the context of humanitarian corridors logistics.