KYIV: A third round of talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine ended on Monday (Mar 7) with Kyiv citing a small amount of progress on opening humanitarian corridors.
“We have achieved some small positive results concerning the logistics of humanitarian corridors,” Kyiv’s presidential advisor Mikhailo Podolyak tweeted after the talks ended in Belarus.
He said “intensive” consultations had continued on the main issues of securing a ceasefire in fighting in Ukraine.
But Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said in televised remarks that “our expectations from negotiations were not fulfilled”.
“We hope that next time we will be able to take a more significant step forward,” he added.
Medinsky said that he hoped that civilian escape routes would open Tuesday but stressed that it was too early to be sure.
“We hope that starting from tomorrow, these corridors will finally start working. The Ukrainian side has given its assurances,” he said.
“But it’s too early to talk about something positive yet.”
Another Russian delegate, Leonid Slutsky, the head of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said: “We hope the talks will be swiftly continued.”
“But we won’t comfort ourselves with illusion that the finished result will be reached at the next step.”
During the second round of talks last week, Ukraine and Russia agreed to create humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians.