Moscow ready to send delegation to Minsk for talks with Kyiv

By Oleen Ndori

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, Moscow says it is ready to send a delegation to the Belarusian capital Minsk for talks with Kyiv.

Russia’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov’s remarks came after an adviser of Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested Kyiv was ready for talks with Moscow, including adopting a neutral status regarding NATO.

Peskov said demilitarisation would need to be an essential part, adding that the contingent of officials might include representatives from the country’s foreign and defence ministries.

The Ukrainian President had earlier this Friday called on Europeans with combat experience to take up arms, adding that the West is too slow to help his country which has been “left alone”.

The sentiment was supported by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has accused NATO and western nations of all talk and no action.

His call for help came as Russian forces were approaching the Ukrainian capital, Kiyv, with some units reportedly reaching the city’s northern suburbs.

Reports through China’s state television, CCTV, said President Xi Jinping, held a telephone conversation in which he told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Moscow in efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis via dialogue.

Statistics indicate that nearly 140 people have died and over 300 people injured in the ongoing conflict, while the UN’s refugee agency says about 100,000 Ukrainians have been displaced.

Meanwhile, Moscow has banned all UK-linked planes, including transiting flights, from its airspace after its flagship carrier Aeroflot was prevented from flying over Britain.