Ukraine allowed the resumption of negotiations with Russia in August

According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, in August Kyiv may conduct “counter-offensive operations in some places”, which would strengthen its position in the negotiations. He excluded the resumption of the dialogue in the current situation

David Arakhamia

Ukraine's position at the negotiating table with Russia may change by the end of August, suggested in an interview with Voice of America (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of media-foreign agents) head of the Ukrainian delegation David Arakhamia. In his opinion, then Kyiv will be able to return to negotiations and speak from a position of strength.

Arakhamia added that a counterattack by the Ukrainian military is expected at this time: “We do not want to share our plans with Russia, because they can see it in open sources. But I think we will carry out counteroffensive operations in some places.

Another possible condition for the start of negotiations, the head of the delegation called the voluntary return of Russian troops to the positions they held before February 24. He ruled out the resumption of dialogue in the current conditions, emphasizing that Ukraine would not accept the loss of territories, “it is legally impossible.” “But we can consider a political agreement like the one we proposed for consideration in Istanbul. Thus, we would not raise the issue of Crimea for a certain number of years, for example»,— told Arakhamia.

In turn, the deputy from the Servant of the People party Yevgenia Kravchuk told the radio company that Kyiv is in contact with Moscow on humanitarian issues. “Another component of the negotiations— it's food security: as you know, our ports are blocked. We discussed the corridors that might be organized with the help of NATO ships that would guard 60 miles to neutral waters, this could be a solution, — she added.

After the start of the Russian military operation, the delegations of the two countries held several rounds of negotiations. The most productive was the meeting in Istanbul at the end of March, after which the parties exchanged written proposals for a settlement.

However, in May, both Moscow and Kyiv announced the suspension of the process. The head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky specified that the dialogue was frozen at the initiative of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin noted that the Ukrainian side changed its position in the negotiations and moved away from the Istanbul agreements.

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Ukrainian authorities explained that the background of the negotiations was influenced by the events in Bucha: in early April, foreign media and Ukrainian politicians published photos of dead civilians in this city. The Ministry of Defense denied involvement in the killing of civilians.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 17 that Putin was open to negotiations and “it would be great if European leaders influenced the leadership of Ukraine in order to encourage them to take a sober look at the situation.

Arakhamia has already said before that in order to resume discussions, Ukraine's negotiating position needs to be strengthened, in particular, by arms supplies. The President of the country, Vladimir Zelensky, called the return of territories lost during the hostilities to Ukraine as a condition for negotiations. After that, the Russian Foreign Ministry questioned the sincerity of Kyiv's desire to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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