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Ukraine presented proposals for a new system of security guarantees for its country during talks with Russia in Turkey on Tuesday, officials said.

Ukraine is asking for security guarantees comparable to NATO’s collective defense clause, Article 5, since in the event of an attack on Ukraine, the “guarantor countries” would be legally obliged to provide weapons and impose a “no-fly” zone over Ukraine, according to David Arakhamia, the head of Ukraine’s negotiating team. Security guarantees “would not work temporarily” in the currently occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in Crimea, the government said.

The suggested list of guarantors includes permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – as well as Turkey, Germany, Canada, the Italy, Poland and Israel.

In exchange, Ukraine “would undertake not to deploy foreign military bases, foreign military contingents on its territory, not to join military-political alliances, and military exercises on the territory of Ukraine will be possible with the consent of the guarantor countries,” he added. says the government.

It is “fundamentally important” that a potential treaty does not deny Ukraine’s right to join the European Union, Oleksandr Chalyi, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, said in a statement.

Negotiations with Russia will continue over the next two weeks and Ukraine has already started consultations with all the countries it would like to see on the list of guarantors, according to Chalyi.

– Christine Theodorou of ABC News

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