Ukraine-Russia talks, what we know so far
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed during a telephone call on Sunday that Istanbul would host talks between Ukraine and Russia this week.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that talks could begin by Tuesday, as the negotiators are scheduled to arrive in Turkey on Monday.
Peskov declined to elaborate on the details of the talks.
“While we cannot and will not speak about progress in the talks, the fact that they are taking place in person is important,” Peskov said.
“We are following a policy of not disclosing any information about the negotiations, which we believe may only harm the negotiation process.”
He acknowledged that no “substantial achievement or success” had been achieved in the first round of peace talks.
Zelensky said in a video address late Sunday that he would continue to prioritize Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” in this week’s talks.
“We are looking for peace, in fact, without delay,” he said. “There is an opportunity and need for a face-to-face meeting in Turkey. It’s not bad. Let’s see the result. Our priorities in the talks are known.”
“The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is beyond doubt. Effective guarantees of security are essential. Obviously, our goal is peace and our country’s return to normal life as soon as possible.”
Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov downplayed the prospects of a meeting between President Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin, saying such talks would be “unfavourable”.