Ukraine and Russia are reportedly moving closer to agreeing a 15-point peace plan that would include a Russian troop withdrawal and a ceasefire. However, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the plan so far only contained Russia’s demands and not Ukraine’s terms.
the financial times reported that the deal was discussed extensively for the first time by officials from both countries on Monday. According to the newspaper, among the concessions that Kyiv would have to make are declaring neutrality and abandoning its demand to join NATO. In addition, Ukraine would have to agree not to allow foreign military bases or weapons into its borders as part of proposed deals with allies like the US or Britain
The last condition is meant to be a potential sticking point financial times wrote. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also shown no public signs of backing away from military attacks on Ukraine, declaring on Wednesday that Russia “will never allow Ukraine to become a stronghold of aggressive actions against our country.”
However, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hinted that a ceasefire could be possible soon.
“The neutral status is now being seriously discussed, of course together with security guarantees,” Lavrov told RBC News, according to Reuters. “Now that’s exactly what is being negotiated – there are definitely concrete formulations that, in my opinion, come close to an agreement.”
Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Zelenskyi, spoke to him financial times. He told the outlet that his country would only accept a peace plan that involved withdrawing Russian troops from certain regions in Ukraine.
Podolyak also tweeted on Wednesday that the financial times have only “published a draft that represents the demanding position of the Russian side. Nothing more.” He added that Ukraine has “its own positions” and the only part that can be confirmed regarding a peace plan is that it would include “a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian troops and security guarantees from a number of countries”.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-official-15-point-plan-end-war-just-list-russian-demands-1688726 15-point plan to end the war Just a list of Russian demands