Russia warns Ukraine that Crimea and Donbas are untouchable in negotiations

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Vladimir Mekinski

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The chief Russian negotiator, Vladimir Medinski, warned Ukraine today (03.30.2022) that the status of both the annexed Crimean peninsula and the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence was recognized by the Kremlin, are untouchable for Russia. .

“I want to underline that the principled position of our country in relation to Crimea and Donbas remains unchanged,” Medinski said in a statement on public television.

It should be noted that the Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podoliak, explained last night that kyiv proposed to Moscow a period of fifteen years to negotiate the status of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.

As for Donbas, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had recognized three days before the start of the “special military operation” in Ukraine the independence of the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

And precisely, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, assured that now the Russian Army will focus on the conquest of all of Donbas.

Ukraine welcomes the negotiations

For his part, the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, considered “positive” the fifth round of negotiations between the two sides held on Tuesday in Istanbul. β€œThe sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be guaranteed. There cannot and will not be any compromise on territorial sovereignty and integrity,” he noted.

On the sidelines, Medinski, who returned from Istanbul last night, stressed that “yesterday, for the first time in many years, the kyiv authorities expressed their willingness to reach an agreement with Russia.”

That is, he added that “Ukraine was ready to meet the main demands that Russia insisted on in recent years.”

ee // afp/reuters

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