Both Russia and Ukraine want Italy as ‘guarantor’ in peace deal – PM — Analysis
Mario Draghi (Italian Prime Minister) said that Russia had offered him to be a guarantor for the possible peace treaty between Ukraine and Russia. This week, the parties held another round of talks in Istanbul, Turkey, to end Moscow’s military campaign in the neighboring country.
Italy is “requested by Russia and Ukraine to become a guarantor of the implementation of negotiations terms,”Reporters were informed by Draghi at a Rome press conference.
“In fact, the positions of the sides have come a little closer,”The prime minister stated, however, that he would be “cautious because there is still a lot of skepticism.”
“We all wish to see a glimmer of light,” Draghi said. On Wednesday, Draghi called Vladimir Putin to inform him that Russia was willing to assist in the peace process.
Negotiators from Ukraine suggested in Istanbul that Ukraine should become an independent country, in exchange for legal and binding security guarantees. Russia repeatedly named Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO as one of the reasons for the military campaign Moscow launched against the neighboring state last month.
Moscow attacked Ukraine following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were mediated by France and Germany, had been created to regulate the status of these regions in the Ukrainian state.
Kiev denies that Russia launched an offensive against it and claims they did not intend to seize the two republics.
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