ANTALIA, Turkey – Ukraine’s foreign minister says talks between top diplomats in Moscow and Kiev have made no progress in ending the Ukrainian war after the Russian invasion.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Thursday that he had attended a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Turkey to discuss humanitarian corridors and the ceasefire.
Kuleba said there were “other decision-makers” in Russia to consult with, adding that he agreed with Lavrov to continue seeking a solution to the humanitarian problems caused by the war.
He said Moscow was not ready to offer a ceasefire.
“They are looking to give up Ukraine. This is not going to happen,” Kuleba said.
Kuleba said the “last thing” he wanted was to kill Ukrainians in hopes of escaping the cities besieged by Russian bombing and attacks.
In an interview on Thursday, Lavrov responded to criticism of his country air attack on a Ukrainian mother’s hospital like the “pathetic cries” of his enemies.
Lavrov said the site had been hijacked by Ukrainian radical far-right fighters who were using it as a base. Although there were many pictures of civilians injured in the attack and the council said there was a child among the three people killed, Lavrov complained that all the patients and nurses who had been taken from hospital before the attack.
Lavrov said Russia was ready for further negotiations, but did not show any signs of softening Moscow’s stance.
The talks were the first high-level talks between the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago. NATO member Turkey, which has developed close ties with Russia and Ukraine, is trying to balance relations with the two nations. It has positioned itself as a neutral party, trying to facilitate negotiations between the warring parties.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who took part in Thursday’s talks as a facilitator, said he did not expect a “miracle” from the first meeting. However, he was pleased that Lavrov and Kuleba had talked about the possibility of holding a meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, which Russia “in principle” agrees with.
The Turkish minister said he had called for a “permanent ceasefire” in the three talks.
“Until that is fixed, we have stressed the need to keep the humanitarian corridors open … We have especially emphasized the need for humanitarian corridors in Mariupol,” he said.
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