Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said Wednesday that he does not have "high expectations" for his scheduled meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Turkey on Thursday.
Kuleba said on Facebook that the Ukrainian side was working hard to make the talks "as efficient as possible."
"But I will tell you frankly that my expectations are discreet. I do not have high expectations, but we will definitely try to get the maximum out of it," he continued.
Kuleba said Ukraine's priorities were a "ceasefire, to liberate our territories, and the third point is, of course, to resolve all humanitarian issues."
"This is a humanitarian disaster created by the Russian army," he added.
Kuleba said that thanks to Ukraine's defense forces and international sanctions, he was going to the Lavrov meeting "with a strong position. We are strong, we are confident."
"What we will get at the end is another issue. It depends in particular on what instructions and directives Mr. Lavrov is going to these negotiations with. I hope he will approach these talks in good faith, not from a propaganda perspective, but really with the task of finding a solution to end this war started by Russia," Kuleba said.
"This is a very important moment, and I am sure no matter how these negotiations end, we will pass it with dignity, because we are Ukrainians," he said.