Lavrov to discuss prospects for peace talks with Ukraine with Cavusoglu

On June 8, the Foreign Minister will visit Ankara and tell his Turkish colleague about the course of the special operation in Ukraine. Negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been frozen for several weeks

Mevlut Cavusoglu and Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Ankara on June 8, where he will discuss with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu “the prospects for the resumption of Russian-Ukrainian peace talks,” according to the Foreign Ministry website.

Lavrov will tell Cavusoglu about the progress military operation and “the steps taken to ensure the safety of the civilian population.”

Cavusoglu announced the forthcoming visit of the Russian Minister on May 31. According to him, the meeting will discuss the opening of corridors for ships in the Black Sea and the transportation of wheat.

The ministers last met in March in Moscow.

After the start of the military operation at the end of February, the Russian and Ukrainian delegations held several rounds of negotiations: first in Belarus, then by video link, and on March 29 the last face-to-face meeting took place in Istanbul. It achieved the greatest progress, the representatives of Ukraine on the same day submitted proposals to the Russian side to resolve the crisis.

Nearly a month later, the Kremlin announced that it had handed over to Kyiv a draft settlement document “with clear language.” The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, then said that Moscow had not received a response.

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In mid-May, the parties announced the suspension of negotiations— according to Medinsky, at the initiative of Kyiv. The Ukrainian authorities explained that the April events in Bucha, Kyiv region, influenced the course of the dialogue (the Russian Ministry of Defense called the footage of dead residents of the city a provocation and denied any involvement in the killings of civilians). At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continues to talk about his readiness for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that a dialogue at the highest level will make sense when the delegations agree on a draft settlement document.

On June 3, the head of the Ukrainian delegation, member of the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia, said that the resumption of the discussion is possible only if there is a strong negotiating position. He proposed to strengthen the position of Kyiv with the supply of weapons from Western countries. The Russian authorities are categorically against “pumping” Ukraine with foreign weapons.

Arakhamia noted that Russian troops continue to take control of settlements. “While we take one step forward— two years ago, while I see no reason to initiate further negotiations,— he stressed.

On June 6, Lavrov said that a delegation would leave for Turkey on Tuesday to participate in negotiations on organizing the process of exporting grain from Ukrainian ports. Zelensky said that representatives of Ukraine were not invited to this meeting.

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Sergey Lavrov

diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs Russia

March 21, 1950

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