Lavrov sees “progress” in the talks with kyiv and confirms that Moscow is finalizing its response

Ukrainian and Russian delegations in Istanbul – -/Turkish Presidency/dpa

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The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has assured that “progress” has been made in the peace talks with the Government of Ukraine, although he has clarified that nothing is closed yet and that Moscow is finalizing its response to the demands of Kyiv.

The head of Russian diplomacy has highlighted from New Delhi the willingness of the Ukrainian authorities to renounce its membership of NATO, nuclear weapons and, in general, to declare itself “neutral”, a recurring demand by Moscow in recent months to avoid alleged threats, reports the Interfax agency.

Likewise, it has also detected “more understanding” regarding the Crimean peninsula, controlled by Russia since 2014, and the Donbas region, located in eastern Ukraine and controlled for the most part by separatist rebels.

Ukrainians and Russians held a new round of contacts earlier this week in Istanbul that, in the words of the Turkish side, was the most significant of all those held to date, with the two sides ‘a priori’ with less opposed positions.

The commitment of both kyiv and Moscow is to continue negotiating, although there is no set timetable. Sources quoted by the TASS news agency have assured that the negotiations will resume this Friday, although not in person but by videoconference.

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