Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will be held on March 29-30 at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Anadolu reports.
The office of the Turkish President said that the meeting of the negotiating delegations of the two countries was discussed during a telephone conversation between Erdogan and Putin. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the talks will begin on March 29. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there are chances for an agreement. Turkish Agency reports that the Russian delegation has already arrived in Istanbul:
“The delegation of the Russian Federation arrived in Istanbul on Monday for peace talks with the Ukrainian side. The plane with the Russian delegation on board landed at Ataturk Airport at 16.00 local time. From the airport, the delegation went to the hotel. It is expected that the Ukrainian delegation will arrive in the Turkish metropolis tonight. Two-day negotiations will start on Tuesday, March 29, and will be held at the Dolmabahce Palace.”
Russian-Ukrainian negotiations started 28th of February. Moscow is represented by Presidential Aide Vladimir Medinsky, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov.
From Kyiv, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, head of the Servant of the People faction David Arakhamia, Deputy Foreign Minister Mykola Tochitsky, adviser to the head of the presidential office Mykhailo Podolyak, deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Rustem Umerov, and the first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Andriy Kostin came to the first meeting.
On March 10, on the sidelines of the diplomatic forum in Antalya, a meeting was held between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries – Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba. Now the negotiators are in contact in the mode videoconferencing.