Russia, Ukraine peace talks on hold

Russian and Ukrainian officials have said that negotiations on a solution to the ongoing war have been suspended as the process is mired in a stalemate.

“The talks are not going on. Ukraine has actually withdrawn from the negotiation process,” Xinhua news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko as saying to reporters.

“Today the negotiation process was suspended. It was suspended because there are no significant changes or upheavals after the Istanbul communique,” Mykhailo Podolyak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, was quoted as saying.

Ukrainian and Russian negotiators held the latest round of face-to-face peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey on March 29.

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