Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on the negotiation process with the Russian Federation
25 March 2022 16:42

Some mass media outlets are citing the comments of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the negotiation process with Russia.

Our country is sincerely grateful to the Turkish side and especially to President Erdogan for their political and humanitarian assistance, as well as diplomatic efforts aimed at ending Russia's war against Ukraine.

At the same time, it is important to evaluate the situation objectively.

There is no consensus with Russia on the four points mentioned by the President of Turkey. In particular, the Ukrainian language is and will be the only one state language in Ukraine.

In general, the classification of key topics of negotiations into four or other points is incorrect. Many different issues are discussed at the same time in the subgroups of delegations.

The negotiation process is very difficult. The Ukrainian delegation has taken a strong position and does not relinquish its demands. We insist, first of all, on a ceasefire, security guarantees, and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Ukraine will continue its dialogue with Turkey and other stakeholders to restore peace on Ukrainian soil. We hope that Turkey, as a friend and strategic partner of Ukraine, will also continue its support on all tracks.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to remind you that the introduction of new sanctions against Russia and the strengthening of Ukraine's defense capabilities are no less meaningful factors in stopping the Russian military machine and achieving the desired progress in the negotiations.

Such a tripartite strategy - sanctions, military support, negotiations - should not be questioned.

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