7 Mar 2022 11:02

Russian, Ukrainian negotiators agree not to publicize terms before agreeing on 'common positions' to avoid public opinion's pressure - Ukrainian presidential advisor

MOSCOW. March 7 (Interfax) - The members of the delegations to negotiations on the situation between Russia and Ukraine will not make public their proposals before they agree on "common positions," Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the Ukrainian presidential office chief, said in an interview with Russian journalist Yulia Latynina on her YouTube channel.

"The negotiating process is ongoing, and it's very difficult. There are a lot of options there voiced by both parties. We have agreed [...] not to go public before we agree upon common positions so that public opinion shouldn't start putting pressure on these positions," Podolyak said.

"We wouldn't like to provoke some wrong things at this stage by voicing some raw things," he said.

The first round of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations took place on February 28 and the second on March 3. The third round is expected to take place early this week.