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The Russian government considered that it sees some positive aspects in the recent negotiations with Ukraine in Istanbul, Turkey, but stressed that there is still much to be done regarding the dialogue between the two parties.

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Kremlin press secretary Dmitri Peskov said “at the moment, we cannot report anything very promising or a breakthrough. There is a lot of work to be done.”

However, he considered positive that the Ukrainian side, at least, has begun to formulate concretely and put on paper what it proposes. “This is a positive factor,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

“As for the rest, so far, let’s put it this way, we can’t say anything promising, some progress, there’s still a lot of work to do,” he said.

Commenting on the fact that the negotiations in Istanbul lasted one day, not two, Peskov said that “the negotiations were held, they were completed, the delegations went to their centers to coordinate and align positions.”

The presidential spokesman avoided commenting on a plan proposed by Ukraine on international security guarantors in the European country.

On the other hand, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Wednesday that the exodus initiated by Russia’s special military operation exceeds the threshold of four million Ukrainian refugees.

On the other hand, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) pointed out that nearly 200,000 foreigners living in Ukrainian territory have left, a large part through the mechanisms established in the diplomatic headquarters of their countries.

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