A Ukrainian delegation has arrived at the Belarusian border for talks with Russia.
In a statement on Telegram, Ukraine’s Parliament said the delegation included a number of Ukrainian officials, including David Arakhamia of the Servant of the People faction, Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, Mykola Tochytsky, Ukraine’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Mykhailo Podoliak, a presidential adviser, and others.
Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, said the main focus of negotiations would be Ukraine’s call for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.
Talks between Ukraine and Russia were expected to begin at around 9 a.m. GMT (4 a.m. ET).
Posting a photo of a long conference table Monday morning, Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “everything is ready to host Russia-Ukraine negotiations.”
The talks come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he had agreed for a delegation to meet with Russian counterparts on the Belarus border “without preconditions” after speaking with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Lukashenko, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted “responsibility for ensuring that all planes, helicopters and missiles stationed on Belarusian territory will remain on the ground during the Ukrainian delegation’s travel, talks and return,” Zelenskyy’s office said.
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