The head of Russia’s delegation, Vladimir Medinsky said that Russia-Ukraine talks will happen Thursday morning, as the Ukrainian delegation makes it’s way from Kiev to Brest city, situated on the border of Poland and Belarus, according to Russian media.
Reports from Russian media also say that these talks include discussions on a “ceasefire.” The Russian side is apparently ready to talk to President Zelenskyy about security guarantees.
FM Lavrov, who was cited by Interfax, said that the ultimate goal here for Russia, is the demilitarization of Ukraine and there are rumors that Russia is actually seeking a full regime change.
The Russian diplomat stated that, “Ukrainians must decide on their own leaders”. Lavrov was further cited as saying he’s open to discussions seeking agreement on types of weapons specified that “can never be deployed in Ukraine.”
According to the Associated Press, the Kremlin has confirmed the talks will begin soon:
Even as Russia pressed its assault, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that a delegation would be ready later in the day to meet Ukrainian officials.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also said his country was ready — but noted that Russia’s demands have not changed and that he wouldn’t accept any ultimatums. Neither side said where the talks might take place.
White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki indicated that the WH is “very open” to sanctioning Russia further, but this will obviously have a huge effect on an already crumbling global economy.
During an MSNBC interview, Psaki said:
“I think it’s important for people to know is how we can maximize the impact on the squeeze on President Putin and the financial sector. We’re already seeing that. You know, the Ruble, their currency is plummeting, we’re seeing the stock market plummet there, inflation is skyrocketing,” Psaki said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Way Too Early.”
She also said that the Biden administration would seek to “minimize the impact on the global marketplace.”
“That includes the global oil marketplace, and the impact of energy prices for the American people. So, that’s one of the factors that we really look at,” she said. “We’re considering it, it’s very much on the table, but we need to weigh what all of the impacts will be. We’re not trying to hurt ourselves, we’re trying to hurt President Putin and the Russian economy.”
Now the Ukrainian military is alleging that Russia planned their military moving into Ukraine for a long time and Ukraine’s Presidential Office stated that talks with Russia will move forward.
“Now it’s official. The second round of talks between Ukraine and the occupier will take place today,” a statement said. “The delegations will be in the same composition,” it added, while stressing Ukraine will “hold its ground“.