Russia said that peace talks with Ukraine were not easy but that there was some hope of reaching a compromise and that neutrality for Ukraine was being seriously discussed.
“The negotiations are not easy for obvious reasons. But nevertheless, there is some hope of reaching a compromise. Neutral status is now being seriously discussed along, of course, with security guarantees”, - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Ukraine has also made cautious positive statements on peace talks. It says it is willing to negotiate to the end the war, but will not surrender or accept Russian ultimatums.
Lavrov said key issues included the security of people in eastern Ukraine, the demilitarization of Ukraine and the rights of Russian-speaking people in Ukraine.