Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin confirmed Tuesday that his country will “radically reduce military activity” in Ukraine, particularly near the capital city of Kyiv as negotiations continue.
“Due to the fact that negotiations on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine, are moving into practice, taking into account the principles discussed during today’s meeting, by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing on the signing of the above agreement, a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv direction,” Fomin was quoted by Russian state media as saying.
“The talks were constructive. We received proposals from Ukraine for consideration,” added Russian delegation member Vladimir Medinsky, adding Russia is “proposing a solution according to which the meeting of the heads of state is possible simultaneously with the initialing of the treaty by the foreign ministers.”
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