Zelensky: Negotiations "albeit small", chance for de-escalation exists
Ahead of the start of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in Belarus, the Ukrainian President says he does not really "believe in the outcome of this meeting."
"So that later, not a single citizen of Ukraine would have doubt that I, as president, did not try to stop the war, when there was, albeit a small, but still a chance," Zelensky said in a recorded public address.
The Ukrainian president pointed out that he does not really "believe in the outcome of this meeting, but let them try."
Earlier, Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported the Russian and Ukrainian delegations had begun arriving in Belarus for negotiations, as Kiev agreed this morning to hold negotiations in the Belarusian city of Gomel.
Our correspondent revealed that Russia’s conditions in the Gomel negotiations will be strict and not subject to concessions.
"In accordance with the agreements we made, a Russian delegation, which includes representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, and other government agencies, including the presidential administration, has arrived in Belarus for talks with the Ukrainians. We'll be ready to start these talks in Gomel," Peskov told reporters.