Russia-Ukraine 2nd phase meeting Wed

Russia-Ukraine 2nd phase meeting Wed


Published: 11:10 2 March 2022   Updated: 11:26 2 March 2022



The second phase of talks between Russia and Ukraine will be held on Wednesday in the wake of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, reported Russian media outlet TASS, citing Ukrainian media. 

Ukraine’s media outlet Glavcom quoted the country’s delegation as saying that at the first meeting, Russia had asked Ukraine to obtain a permit from the parliament to “remain neutral” and promised to hold a “referendum” on the matter. Russia has also demanded that Ukraine should “recognize” Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as withdraw its demand for Crimea’s return.

“At the meeting, Ukraine, on the other hand, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory,” Glavcom reported.

Read more: Putin’s 4 conditions for ceasefire in Ukraine

Delegation of the two countries held their first phase of talks in Gomel, Belarus on Monday amid Russia’s military operation in Ukraine over the past seven days. The Ukrainian delegation was led by Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. The Russian team was led by Vladimir Medinsky, an aide to President Putin.

Meanwhile, NATO foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, according to a report on US television CNN.

NATO said in a statement on Tuesday that the meeting would be held in person at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Coalition leader Jens Stoltenberg will chair the meeting.