Peace talks in Ukraine seem far-off
Islam News – Ukrainian and Russian officials have floated peace proposals and insisted they are willing to hold talks on ending the war, now in its 11th month. But the demands by each side are unacceptable to the other, leading U.S. and European officials to conclude that serious negotiations on a peace deal are unlikely to take place in the near future.
This week, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, proposed a “peace summit” to be held by the end of February, but he told The Associated Press that the country would negotiate with Russia only if Moscow first faced a war crimes tribunal.
Russia responded by saying that Kyiv would have to give up the four regions that Moscow annexed this fall, which is flatly unacceptable to Ukraine.
“There cannot be a peace plan for Ukraine that does not take into account today’s realities with Russian territory,” the Kremlin spokesman said. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, warned that if Ukraine did not give up the regions, “the Russian Army will deal with this issue.”
The hard-line positions suggest that both sides believe they have more to gain militarily. Ukraine holds the battlefield momentum, but Moscow’s forces still occupy large chunks of the east and south.
Source: The New York Times