Talk on Halting War, Fails Between Ukraine and Russia

Russia and Ukraine made little progress in putting an end to the war during the first high level dialogue between foreign ministers of both the countries.

Moscow said it want the demilitarization of Ukraine and the recognition of separatist territories as independent. It has periodically called for regime change in Kyiv.

While President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has again said he’s willing to consider some compromises, but Ukraine has ruled out ceding any territory.

The premier is pushing for security guarantees from the U.S. and Germany, alongside European Union membership, Zelenskiy also said there’s been no direct contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, Russia indicated that Russia will continue its attack until its goals are met, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after the meeting lasting about 90 minutes with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Turkey on Thursday.

“The broad narrative he conveyed to me is that they will continue their aggression until Ukraine meets their demands, and the least of these demands is surrender,” Kuleba told reporters after talks in Antalya, Turkey.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke Thursday with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio. They “agreed on joint efforts for a path to peace,” according to a tweet by Di Maio, and reaffirmed that “international coordination is the only way to reach a diplomatic solution.”