Ukraine rejects Russia’s offer to negotiate in complex Belarus

Satellite images show a close-up of a vehicle assembled at VD Bolshoy Bokov Airfield near Mazyr, Belarus, February 22, 2022. (Providing satellite images © 2022 Maxar Technologies / Handout via Reuters)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declined an offer to talk to Russia in Belarus on Sunday, stating that Minsk itself was involved in Russia’s invasion, but left the door to negotiations elsewhere. I made it.

The Kremlin said on Sunday that its delegation was ready to meet Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian city of Gomel.

Zelensky continues to express his tolerance for negotiations with Russia, but he is in a neutral position. Earlier on Sunday, Zelensky said he welcomed the offer to organize diplomatic efforts from Turkey and Azerbaijan, but so far it has failed.

The Kremlin confirmed the call between Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, but did not give any hint to resume negotiations.

The day before, Zelensky offered to negotiate Russia’s main demands: abandoning his ambition to join NATO.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.