28 Mar 2022 12:50

Russian, Ukrainian delegations heading to Turkey for negotiations - Peskov

MOSCOW. March 28 (Interfax) - A new round of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations might take place in Turkey on Tuesday, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

The negotiations "are unlikely to continue there today. It's true the delegations are heading for Turkey today. We expect this could theoretically take place tomorrow," Peskov told journalists on Monday.

"We cannot and will not speak about progress thus far. The very fact that it's been decided to continue the negotiations in an in-person format is certainly important. However, we're still abiding by the line of not disclosing any details related to the negotiations. We believe this could only harm the negotiating process," he said.

According to Peskov, a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine after the Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul should not be expected.

"No. There is no progress," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters, responding to a question as to whether there is any progress on the issue of a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and whether a meeting between them can be expected after the talks in Istanbul.

Peskov also said that a prisoner exchange was not a subject of the Russian-Ukrainian talks.

"This [prisoner exchanges] is not for negotiations between the two delegations. Therefore, the answer is no," he said, when asked whether the participants in the Russian-Ukrainian talks would discuss a prisoner exchange.