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Ukrainian conflict: peace talks start in Turkey

Ceasefire at center. Kiev will not grant sovereignty requested by Moscow

Peace talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations have started in these hours at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. In Turkey they are trying to find a negotiated solution that would put an end to the armed conflict that broke out again last February 24. Several analysts warn that the chances of a negotiation failure are high. In any case, it is important that diplomats return to talk to each other after 15 days of silence. 

The meeting between the two delegations was opened today by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who urged the two sides to "put an end to this tragedy": each side has "legitimate concerns" but "now we have entered a period where concrete results are needed"; it should be "possible to reach a solution acceptable to the international community", because further conflicts are "in no one's interest". 

These are the knots to be resolved today. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for the "demilitarization and denazification" of Ukraine, the imposition of a neutral status on Kiev (so it should remain outside NATO), the recognition of the independence of Donbas and Crimea, now under Russian influence. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready to accept a neutral status of Kiev with international guarantees, but the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the country remains his top priority. 

On the same subject see the article published by AVIONEWS.

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