After the third round of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations on Monday evening, the Ukrainians announced that they had achieved “some positive results” on the humanitarian corridors, while the Russians believed that they were not “up to the level of expectations.”
“We got some positive results on the logistics of the humanitarian corridors,” a member of the Ukrainian delegation, presidential advisor Mikhailo Podolyak, wrote on Twitter.
He pointed out that concerning the core issues, especially those related to the ceasefire, “intensive discussions will continue”, but to date, there are no “results that can improve the situation,” according to him.
For his part, Russia’s chief negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, declared that the third round, which took place on the border between Ukraine and Belarus, was not “up to the expectations” of Moscow.
“We hope that next time we will be able to achieve greater progress,” he said in statements broadcast by the public on “Rossiya-24” television.
The third round of negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine ended on Monday evening, according to the Sputnik news agency, citing the Russian embassy in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
The third round of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations aimed at finding a settlement to the conflict in Ukraine started earlier Monday evening in Belarus, according to Russian and Belarusian news agencies.
On Monday, the Moscow embassy in Minsk confirmed the start of the third round. The Ukrainian delegation and the Belarusian Foreign Ministry also announced the start of negotiations in the Beloveshskaya Pusha region, which hosted the second round of the negotiating process on March 3.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Russia calls on Ukraine to stop its military activities, establish its constitutional neutrality, recognize Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea, and recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.