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Kremlin Embrace of Neutral-Ukraine Plan Sparks Hope on Talks

  • Sides discussing Swedish or Austrian-style option, Peskov said
  • Ukrainian official downplays progress, saying attacks continue
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WATCH: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia’s demands for Ukraine’s neutrality in the future are under serious discussion.Source: Bloomberg
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Ukraine and Russia showed some signs of progress in negotiations Wednesday as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a proposal for Ukraine to become a neutral country but retain its own armed forces “could be viewed as a certain kind of compromise.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia’s “positions in the negotiations sound more realistic” in an address to the nation, though he said efforts are still needed to reach an agreement.