MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. Russia has received Ukraine’s proposals, which demonstrate that it wants a neutral and nuclear-free status, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who leads the Russian delegation to the talks with Ukraine, said on Tuesday after a meeting in Istanbul.
"We have received Ukraine’s written proposals confirming its striving toward a neutral, off-block and nuclear-free status, with a refusal from the production and deployment of all types of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and bacteriological weapons, and a ban on the deployment of foreign military and foreign troops. We have received these written proposals," he said.
The first round of Russian-Ukrainian talks was held in Belarus’ Gomel region on February 28. The talks lasted for five hours. The second round of talks was held on March 3 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in Belarus. The delegations met for the third round of talks on March 7, in the Brest region, also in Belarus. More rounds were held in the online format. Another off-line round of talks was held in Istanbul on March 29.