Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on Wednesday that any peace accord would not include relinquishing land to Russia and that no peace discussions were taking place between Moscow and Kiev.

“The objective of Ukraine in this war… is to liberate our territories, restore our territorial integrity, and full sovereignty in the east and south of Ukraine,” he said during a press conference. “This is the end point of our negotiating position.”

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, grabbed possession of the eastern Ukrainian province of Luhansk this month and aims to conquer all area it does not now control in neighboring Donetsk, the second province in the industrial Donbas region.

Kuleba said in an interview published earlier on Wednesday, before to discussions in Istanbul with Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish, and United Nations officials, that an agreement to restore grain shipments halted by Russia looked to be extremely near.

However, he made it plain at Wednesday’s press conference that larger peace discussions had been halted.

“Currently there are no (peace) talks between Russia and Ukraine because of Russia’s position and its continued aggression against our country,” Kuleba stated.

When asked about the Canadian government’s decision to return a repaired turbine to Germany, which is required for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, Kuleba said Kiev had informed Berlin and Ottawa that this was a “mistake”

The Canadian government said on Saturday that it was giving a “time-limited and revocable permit” to exclude the return of turbines from Russian sanctions, as Europe strives to maintain energy supplies until it can wean itself off Russian gas. 

Source: Reuters


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