Kremlin: There is nothing hopeful in peace talks

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said nothing very hopeful had been said and no progress had been made.

Peskov briefed the media on talks with Ukraine held yesterday in Turkey and dashed all hopes for a turnaround.

Russia said yesterday it intended to reduce its military activity in Kyiv and Chernihiv, and Ukraine said it would consider becoming a “neutral” state.

“What is positive is that the Ukrainian side, at least in particular, has started to formulate and put on paper what it proposes. “So far we have not been able to achieve that,” Peskov said.

“As for the rest, we can not, so to speak, say at the moment that there have been any upheavals, something very hopeful,” he told the Interfax news agency.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşo .lu, meanwhile, said after the talks yesterday that the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides in more than two weeks had led to the most significant progress since the talks began.

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