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Russia-Ukraine talks continue but prove tougher than desirable — Kremlin spokesman

Dmitry Peskov recalled Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement one had an impression each time there was hope for “some progress, even very moderate” in the negotiations, some hindrances instantly emerged in the way

The process of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev is continuing, but it has proved tougher than desirable, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Wednesday.

“The working process is continuing, but it is far tougher than desirable. Of course, we would like to see greater progress on the Ukrainian side,” Peskov said.

“There is still a long road ahead,” he added.

Peskov recalled Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement one had an impression each time there was hope for “some progress, even very moderate” in the negotiations, some hindrances instantly emerged in the way. As an example, he mentioned fakes about the situation in Bucha, adding that such circumstances “are capable of disrupting the negotiating process.”

In reply to an elaborative question if the process had been disrupted, the Kremlin official said: “No, it is continuing.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched a special operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans for an occupation of Ukrainian territories, its sole aim being the country’s demilitarization and denazification.

Source; TASS