10 mar 2022 3:46 p.m
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba described the hour-and-a-half negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov as “difficult”. An agreement on a ceasefire had not been reached, Kuleba said.
The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Sergei Lavrov and Dmitri Kuleba, met on Thursday in the Turkish port city of Antalya, mediated by their Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavuşoğlu. Following the meeting, Kuleba described the negotiations as “difficult” and said the sides had failed to make progress towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict and to negotiate a ceasefire.
Kyiv tried to find diplomatic ways out of the situation. However, Kuleba stressed that Ukraine would not meet Russian demands. Russia is linking a ceasefire to the fulfillment of its demands. However, Ukraine has not given up and will never do so, stressed the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.
Kuleba said he came to Antalya to negotiate a ceasefire of at least 24 hours and the creation of a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol. No progress has been made on humanitarian issues because other bodies in Russia are obviously responsible for such decisions, said the Ukrainian foreign minister.
According to Kuleba, Ukraine is in a “security void” and Kyiv must be “skillful” to ensure the country’s security. Ukraine needs guarantees for this. Kuleba literally:
“If we can reach an agreement that Ukraine will be granted a system of guarantees similar to those provided for in the North Atlantic Treaty by the countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council, including, of course, Russia, and Turkey as a friendly neighboring country and all our neighbors, then we are ready to talk about it.”
The Alliance’s reaction to today’s events makes it clear that NATO is not ready to stop the war and protect the civilian population of Ukraine, Kuleba said. In addition, the Ukrainian foreign minister said that Ukraine’s entry into NATO will not happen soon or in the near future.
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