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Ukraine says peace talks with Russia 'on hold'

Kyiv blamed Moscow for failing to find areas for compromise

17 May, 18:16
(ANSA-AFP) - KYIV, MAY 17 - Kyiv said Tuesday that peace talks to end fighting with Russia in Ukraine had been suspended and blamed Moscow for failing to find areas for compromise. "The negotiation process is on hold," Mykhaylo Podolyak, a presidential aide was cited as saying in a statement issued by the presidency. Podolyak, who is also Kyiv's lead negotiator in talks with Russia's delegation, said Moscow was blind to its "extremely negative" role in the world. "The strategic objective of the Russians is: all or nothing," Podolyak was cited as saying. He said Russian failed to understand that the war is "no longer taking place according to its rules, its timetable, or its plans". Talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegation have been held regularly both in person and via video-link since the Kremlin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine on February 24.

(ANSA-AFP).

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