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Ukraine floats Canada as security guarantor at peace talks. Here’s what’s happening

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Ukraine proposed accepting neutral status and floated Canada as a potential security guarantor at peace talks with Russia in Turkey on Tuesday.Talks have been ongoing throughout the conflict, which began on Feb.

24 when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into the country, but have yet to produce any breakthroughs. The Russia-Ukraine information war: How propaganda is being used in two very different ways Yet with Russian forces bogged down in Ukraine, new hopes emerged for peace at the latest round of in-person talks in Istanbul.Here’s what you need to know:Ukraine proposed accepting neutral status in exchange for security guarantees at the talks, meaning it would not join military alliances or host military bases, Ukrainian negotiators said Tuesday.The proposals also include a 15-year consultation period on the status of annexed Crimea and would only come into force in the event of a complete ceasefire, the negotiators told reporters in Istanbul.The fate of the Donbas region, which Russia demands Ukraine cede to separatists, would be discussed by the Ukrainian and Russian leaders, they added.

Any peace deal would require a referendum in Ukraine.The Russian delegation said it would study and present the proposals to Putin.Furthermore, Russia promised to drastically cut its military activity focused on Kyiv and Chernihiv, its deputy defence minister said on Tuesday, after talks between the two sides.Ukrainian negotiators included Canada in a list of potential countries that could be its security guarantors under a potential agreement, negotiators said.Ukraine envisions security guarantees along the lines of the NATO military alliance’s Article 5, its collective defence clause.

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