Russia-Ukraine conflict: The Ukraine-Russia meeting at the Belarus border followed a phone call between the President of Ukraine and the Belarusian leader.
Ukraine said on Sunday it would hold talks with Russia on its border with Belarus – near the Chernobyl exclusion zone – following a call between President Volodymyr Zelensky and Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenko.
“The politicians agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet the Russians on the Ukraine-Belarus border, near the Pripyat River, without any preconditions,” Zelensky’s office said.
Zelensky has said he will not negotiate with Russia in the territory of Belarus, where some Russian troops were stationed before the invasion of Ukraine’s northern border.
But Kiev said Lukashenko assured Zelensky that “all aircraft, helicopters and missiles stationed in the Belarusian region will remain on the ground during the visit, talks and return of the Ukrainian delegation.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that a Russian delegation was currently in the Belarusian city of Gomel.
Moscow Kremlin-aligned wants to hold talks in Belarus.
Zelensky declined to travel to Minsk, saying that Kiev had proposed “Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku” as an alternative to Russia.
Ukraine fought an incursion by Russian troops into its second city of Kharkiv on Sunday, the fourth day of the offensive, but Putin raised international alarm by putting nuclear forces on alert.
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