Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are continuing, perhaps in various forms, at the same time that Russian attacks are advancing with increasing force. The limbs are far apart, although there are some indications of movement.
But the messages from both Kyiv and the Kremlin are ambiguous.
The Financial Times claims to have spoken to three people involved in the negotiations. Also among the 15 points, Ukraine should not have foreign military bases or weapons. In return, the United States, Britain and Turkey will work to ensure the security of Ukraine.
Ukraine notes that the Financial Times has published a draft, but it relates to Russia’s proposal:
“Nothing more. Ukraine has its own positions. The only thing we can confirm at the moment is the ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian forces and security guarantees from a number of countries,” Michjlo Podoljak, advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote on social media.
In addition, the Financial Times notes that there is no evidence of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position on the talks.
Russia has previously argued that Sweden or Austria, which are militarily nonaligned, could serve as a model for setting Ukraine’s security policy in the future.
An alternative is being discussed now and can be considered a compromise, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to Agence France-Presse.
Russia also previously referred to the Swedish line as a role model, and then often defined it as a “policy of neutrality” without referring to the so-called security solidarity policy or close cooperation between Sweden and NATO defense.
Ukraine previously said it was not interested in the Swedish or Austrian model. President Zelensky also stated that NATO membership is unlikely to be relevant to Ukraine.
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