Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Russia and Ukraine have prepared a plan for a ceasefire…

The British newspaper Financial Times claims that the delegations of Russia and Ukraine have prepared a plan to end the conflict, which includes 15 points, including a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops, subject to the neutrality of Kiev and the reduction of the Ukrainian armed forces.

It is noted that the plan implies Ukraine’s refusal to join NATO and should ensure that the country will not host military bases of other states in exchange for protection from allies such as the US, UK, and Turkey.

Official confirmation of the preparation of such a plan from the parties has not yet been received.

On Wednesday, the head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Volodymyr Medinsky, said that the negotiations were discussing the preservation and development of Ukraine’s neutral status, the country’s demilitarization, as well as a whole range of issues related to the size of its army. Kyiv offers “an Austrian, Swedish version of a neutral demilitarized state, but at the same time a state with its own army and navy.”

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in turn, said that this idea could be seen as a compromise. Also, Peskov, after the publication in the media of information about the preparation of a settlement plan, said that the Kremlin considers it premature to disclose any sets of agreements.

On Monday, Russia and Ukraine launched another round of negotiations, this time in the form of a videoconference.

Russia launched a military operation on February 24 to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine. The armed forces say they are only targeting military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops. There are casualties on both sides.