Peace proposals verbally accepted by Moscow, except on Crimea

TEHRAN, Apr. 03 (MNA) – Ukraine’s top negotiator said that Moscow had “verbally” agreed to key Ukrainian proposals.

Negotiator David Arakhamia told Ukrainian television channels that any meeting between Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin would “with a high probability” take place in Turkey.

“The Russian Federation has given an official answer to all positions, which is that they accept the (Ukrainian) position, except for the issue of Crimea (annexed by Russia in 2014),” Arakhamia said, according to Guadian. 

He said that while there was “no official confirmation in writing”, the Russian side said so “verbally”.

Arakhamia said Moscow had agreed in talks that a referendum on the neutral status of Ukraine “will be the only way out of this situation.”

Asked what would happen if Ukrainians voted against a neutral status for the country, Arakhamia said “we will either return to a state of war, perhaps, or return to new negotiations.”

The Kremlin has insisted that Ukraine adopt a neutral status.

The date of any possible talks is not confirmed.


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