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Kiev (AP) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyj sees the first changes in Russia’s position after stubborn military resistance by the Ukrainians. “Now they have started to talk about something, and not just give ultimatums,” he told reporters in Kiev.

The 44-year-old says he is happy about that, as it is the first time in more than two years that Moscow is willing to engage in dialogue.

Putin: Movement in negotiations

Already on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke of movement in the negotiations. Russian negotiators had reported “some positive changes” in the “practically daily” talks. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax agency that the talks will now take place in an online format. Ukraine confirmed it.

According to Zelenskyy, the participation of Ukraine’s Western partners in the negotiations of the Unian agency is insufficient. With a view to security guarantees for his country, he said: Ukraine “cannot trust Russia after such a bloody war.”

Selenskyj wants to negotiate with Putin in Jerusalem

Zelenskyj also suggested Jerusalem as a possible location for negotiations with Putin on ending the war. “Do I think that Israel can be such a country, and Jerusalem in particular? I think so.”

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem initially declined to comment when asked.

Both Selenskyj and Putin had repeatedly phoned Bennett recently, who had personally met with the Kremlin chief in Moscow a week ago.

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