No one has seen the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, but they exist
Western media reported that last week representatives of Kyiv and Moscow held a meeting in the United Arab Emirates.
The topic of hypothetical negotiations between Ukraine and Russia occupies one of the key places, both in the statements of world politicians and in the comments of the parties to the conflict. And all this is happening against the backdrop of ongoing massive Russian shelling of Ukrainian territoriesthat primarily affects the civilian population of the country, left without light, heat and water during the already cold season.
Another question is that some call for a return to a diplomatic settlement, while others categorically deny this possibility.
But in fact, as it turned out, negotiations are still underway. And if you believe to Reuters - then we are talking about a direct meeting of representatives of Kyiv and Moscow.
The news agency claims that last week, namely on November 17, such a meeting was held in United Arab Emirates. Sources reporting this point out that the parties condemned prisoner exchange and renewal export of Russian ammonia.
"They discussed allowing Russia to resume ammonia exports in exchange for a prisoner exchange that would release a large number of Ukrainian and Russian prisoners.", - Reuters quotes his interlocutor.
But who represented Ukraine and Russia and how exactly the negotiations ended is unknown. Most likely, the negotiations were mediated by the Emirates, and not by the UN, which is one of the central mediators in the grain negotiations.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasily Bodnar confirmed to Reuters that "The release of Ukrainian prisoners of war is part of the negotiations to open the export of Russian ammonia." But whether there was a meeting in the UAE, the diplomat does not know.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs United Arab Emirates, and ministries of defense and diplomatic departments Ukraine and Russia Reuters inquiries were not answered. At the UN they also refused to answer the question about the participation of representatives of the organization in these negotiations.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov declared that for the first time he heard about the "secret" negotiations in Abu Dhabi.
"No, nothing is known at all. I can't say anything. This is the first time I hear about it", — said the Kremlin speaker.
At the same time, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andrey Ermak said that yesterday, as a result of another exchange, they returned to Ukraine 36 prisoners of war
"In total, 22 employees of the National Guard, 8 border guards, 4 fighters of the Navy, one guy from the Armed Forces of Ukraine were released. Unfortunately, the leg of the released civilian was amputated," - he specified.
And in the Russian Ministry of Defense in parallel сообщили about return 35 Russian servicemen.
"The released military personnel will be delivered to Moscow by aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces for treatment and rehabilitation in medical institutions of the Russian Ministry of Defense," - said in a statement.
In principle, it is doubtful that this particular exchange was the subject of negotiations in the Emirates, if they, of course, were. There is no doubt that the life of every captive Ukrainian is priceless, but nevertheless, the resumption of the export of Russian ammonia has its price.
Previously, we wrote that Ukrainian authorities received signals from Western partners about the desire of the President of the Russian Federation to start direct negotiations with Ukraine.
We also talked about US hints that Ukraine should reconsider its position on Crimea, and that, according to the West, Moscow will not agree to the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.
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