Russia-Ukraine cease-fire talks kicked off in Istanbul, Turkey. Russian and Ukrainian officials are meeting for another round of negotiations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed his willingness to discuss some of the Kremlin’s demands: declaring neutrality, staying out of NATO, and pledging not to develop its own nuclear arsenal. Zelensky accentuated that a potential deal would need to be determined in a national referendum, and would require security guarantees and the removal of Russian forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, is reportedly no longer pushing to “denazify” Ukraine and is now willing to allow Kyiv to join the European Union as long as it practices military non-alignment.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the talks by calling for an immediate cease-fire and saying that “we should expect solid outcomes.”