Second round of Ukraine – Russia talks ends with agreement on humanitarian corridors

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A second round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials in Belarus has ended with an agreement to form humanitarian corridors. According to a Xinhua report, the talks ended yesterday, with both sides discussing military issues, the possibility of a future political settlement, and the ongoing humanitarian issues.

Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to the Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine, tweeted that officials agreed to organise humanitarian corridors for the purpose of evacuating civilians. It seems to be the only thing they did agree on.

“There is a solution only for the organisation of humanitarian corridors.”

The head of the Russian delegation and presidential aide, Vladimir Medinsky, says while various issues were discussed, the agreement on humanitarian corridors can be viewed as “significant progress”.

“The positions were made absolutely clear. On some of them, we managed to reach an understanding.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian media reports Podoliak as saying a third round of talks could take place soon. Yesterday, while discussing the peace negotiations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was quoted as saying any talks “make sense”.

SOURCE: Xinhua

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