3 Mar 2022 23:16

Russia, Ukraine agree on maintaining humanitarian corridors, temporary ceasefire in those areas - Medinsky

MOSCOW. March 4 (Interfax) - The Russian and Ukrainian delegations managed to reach mutual understanding on some matters, including on maintaining humanitarian corridors for civilians, at the second round of negotiations on Thursday, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who leads the Russian delegation, said following the talks.

"The negotiations with Ukraine, at which we extensively discussed all the three sets lf issues, have just ended. It's a military aspect, an international-humanitarian, and the third issue is a future political settlement of the conflict," Medinsky said.

"We managed to reach mutual understanding on some of them, but the main issue that we settled today is the salvation of people, civilians, who have found themselves in a zone of military clashes," he said.

"Therefore, representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry agreed on a format for maintaining humanitarian corridors through which civilians can exit," he said.

Medinsky described this as significant progress.

"The Russian Federation is once again urging civilians who have found themselves in this situation to use humanitarian corridors if the fighting continues," he said.