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‘Fairly difficult’: Zelensky weighs in on Russia-Ukraine talks

The Ukrainian President noted that the negotiations are still in progress

NEW YORK, March 17. /TASS/. Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are quite difficult, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said in an interview with the NBC TV Channel.

"First of all, negotiations are still in progress. The negotiations are fairly difficult," Zelensky noted.

The Ukrainian leader stressed that "any war could be finished at the table of negotiations". At the same time, he did not comment on the information that appeared earlier in the media about the alleged conditions of a possible agreement between the parties.

The first round of negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine was held in the Gomel Region of Belarus on February 28, and the meeting lasted five hours. The second round took place in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on March 3, the third one in the Brest Region on March 7. On March 10, on the sidelines of a diplomatic forum in the Turkish city of Antalya, a meeting was held between Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba. Negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine resumed on Monday via a video link and continued on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 said in an early morning televised address that he had launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no intention of occupying Ukrainian territories, the sole purpose of the operation, the leader stressed, is the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.