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Russian delegation arrives in Belarus for potential talks, state media reports

FILE PIC: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. /Reuters

By Nathan Hodge, Moscow, Feb. 27 (CNN): A Russian delegation has arrived in Belarus for notional talks with Ukrainian representatives, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti.

Peskov said the delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and other departments, including the presidential administration, RIA reported.

"We will be ready to start these negotiations in Gomel [Homiel]," Peskov said, according to RIA.

Peskov's statement continues active messaging from the Kremlin about a Russian proposal to send representatives to the Belarusian capital of Minsk to talk with Kyiv, despite its military's unprovoked and ongoing assault on Ukraine.

The Kremlin has claimed previously the Ukrainian side had countered with a proposal to meet in Warsaw and then dropped contact.

Top Ukrainian officials and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have expressed willingness to talk peace with Russia.