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Ukraine Has "Essentially Agreed" To Core Russian Demands Of Not Joining NATO, Says Kremlin

• Zero Hedge

Update(0943): State media is reporting that Russia's lead negotiator after coming off Tuesday's "constructive" talks in Istanbul is saying that "Kiev has essentially agreed" to Moscow's key demands of not joining NATO or allowing foreign bases and troops on its soil. 

"Ukrainian negotiators have essentially agreed to Russia's principle security demands of rejecting NATO membership and regarding the presence of foreign military bases on its territory," the Kremlin's chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky has said. In the statement he noted further that Ukraine has "stated willingness to meet core Russian demands." He said further while speaking to Rossiya-24 broadcaster on Wednesday:

"Yesterday, for the first time...the authorities in Kiev have declared their readiness to negotiate with Russia. They handed us on paper the principles of a possible future agreement, which provides for: a rejection of entry into NATO, fixing Ukraine's bloc-free status, a renunciation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction."

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