Wed Feb 12, 2020, 08:58 PM

New Ukraine chief of staff: compromises possible in Russia talks

KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian president’s new chief of staff on Wednesday stuck to Kiev’s existing positions on ending the war against Russian-backed forces in the eastern Donbass region but said there could be compromises during negotiations with Moscow.

Andriy Yermak was speaking a day after his appointment by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which coincided with Russia installing a new point person on Ukraine who is seen as less hawkish than his predecessor.

Yermak’s appointment sparked criticism from opposition lawmakers in Ukraine, who said he might be too soft on Russia, prompting Zelenskiy to issue a statement denying there would be any political shift with Yermak in charge.


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