Zelensky says Ukraine studying issue of neutrality

AFP , Sunday 27 Mar 2022

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenksy said on Sunday that a Russian demand of Ukrainian neutrality -- a key issue for Moscow at conflict negotiations -- was being closely looked at by Kyiv's negotiators.

Ukraine s President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting in Kyiv on Tuesday with the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.AFP

"This point of the negotiations is understandable to me and it is being discussed, it is being carefully studied," Zelensky said during an interview with several independent Russian news organizations.

The Kremlin earlier this month said Sweden and Austria offered models of neutrality that Ukraine could adopt to help end Russia's invasion in Ukraine.

Ukraine rejected the proposal saying only Kyiv could design a system that would be acceptable to Ukrainians.

Negotiations to end more than a month of fighting in Ukraine have focused on Ukraine staying out of NATO, disarmament, and security guarantees.

The two sides are due to meet next for the second round of face-to-face talks next week in Turkey.

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