Direct talks between Russia and Ukraine are due to take place in Turkey on Tuesday. This will be the first face-to-face talks in the last 2 weeks. The Ukrainian delegation has already arrived in Istanbul.
“The minimum program will be humanitarian issues, and the maximum program is to reach an agreement on a ceasefire,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on national television, adding that “we do not trade people, land or sovereignty.”
A senior U.S. Department of State official said in an interview with Reuters on condition of anonymity on the eve of the talks that “Putin does not seem ready to compromise for the sake of ending the war.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the talks have not yet led to any significant breakthroughs, but it is important that they continue in person. He declined to provide additional information, saying it could interfere with the process.
As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has been going on for more than a month, more than 3.8 million residents of Ukraine have fled abroad, thousands of people have been killed or injured, and the Russian economy has been isolated.
Security measures were tightened in Istanbul before the start of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev, it is expected that during the arrival of delegations to the presidential residence of Dolmabahce, security services will block the streets.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30.
Journalists have already lined up at the Dolmabahce Palace, who are waiting for the arrival of the participants of the meeting and the head of state.