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Third Round of Russian-Ukrainian Talks End After Three Hours

March 7, 2022 (EIRNS)—The third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine ended near Brest in Belarus after three hours today with assurances of progress on the implementation of humanitarian corridors out of a number of Ukrainian cities. “The third round of negotiations has ended. There are small positive [developments] in improving the logistics of humanitarian corridors.... Intensive consultations have continued on the basic political block of the regulations, along with a ceasefire and security guarantees,” Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the office of the Ukrainian President, wrote on his Telegram channel, reported Ukrinform. “Regarding the political track, which includes a ceasefire, truce and an end to hostilities in general, intensive consultations will continue; today there are no results which significantly improve the situation, but nevertheless I emphasize once again that talks will continue,” Podolyak said.

Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky told reporters afterwards that Russia hoped to sign protocols with the Ukrainian side on a number of issues already agreed upon in principle, but said this did not take place. Instead, the Ukrainian side has taken the package of documents brought by Russia to the negotiations home for further study, he said, reported Sputnik. “I will speak frankly. Our expectations from the negotiations did not materialize, but we hope that next time we will be able to take more substantial steps forward. The talks will continue,” Medinsky said.

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