Ukraine, Russian diplomats to meet at Belarus border
News of the meeting came soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his nuclear forces to be on high alert.
The Office of the President of Ukraine has confirmed that a delegation will be meeting with Russian officials as Moscow’s forces draw closer to Kiev.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said on the Telegram messaging app that the two sides would meet at an unspecified location on the Belarusian border and did not give an exact time for the meeting.
The announcement on Sunday came hours after Russia announced that its delegation had gone to Belarus to await talks. Ukrainian officials initially rejected the move, saying any talks must take place other than Belarus, where Russia held a large contingent of troops before invading Ukraine from Thursday.
News of the meeting came soon after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear forces to be on high alert in response to “aggressive statements” by leading NATO powers.
Mr. Zelensky’s office said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Putin’s ally, “has taken the responsibility of ensuring that all aircraft, helicopters and missiles stationed in Belarusian territory remain on the ground during the visit, talks and return of the Ukrainian delegation.”