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A Russian presidential aide said talks between Russia and Ukraine near the Ukraine-Belarus border are set to start at noon Moscow time (4 a.m. ET) on Monday, the Russian News Agency reported. CASS.

Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who leads the Kremlin delegation, said his team was “ready for negotiations immediately after their arrival (from the Ukrainian side)”.

Separately, the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted Medinsky as saying that the logistics of the Ukrainian delegation were “very difficult”, as the arrival time was repeatedly postponed.

Learn more about the meeting: The two delegations will meet near the Pripyat River on the border. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called Zelensky on Sunday and offered security guarantees, saying Lukashenko had “taken responsibility for ensuring that all planes, helicopters and missiles stationed in the territory Belarusian remain on the ground during the trip of the Ukrainian delegation, “go and return.”

The meeting scheduled for Monday follows a flurry of statements from the Kremlin, which claimed earlier that the Ukrainian side had countered Russia’s offer to meet in Belarus with a proposal to meet in Warsaw, then cut off contact. Zelensky’s office denied allegations that Kiev refused to negotiate.

Learn more about what to expect from the talks:

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