Tomas Avenarius, Istanbul and Daniel Brössler
Expectations were high, the results are more than disappointing. At the first meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, the leading diplomats of the warring states parted ways without the slightest hope that the war would end. In contrast, the Russian Sergey Lavrov and the Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba could not even agree on a 24-hour ceasefire to allow civilians in the combat zones to escape to safety or at least to escape through the corridors of the city besieged by the Russian army installed in Mariupol. . Moscow even made absolutely outrageous accusations against Kiev and its allies.