Live News: Ukrainian and Russian negotiators to start talks, Turkey says

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Live Updates: Ukrainian and Russian negotiators will start peace talks in Istanbul later on Monday, a senior Turkish official said, without giving further details. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on Sunday that Istanbul would host the talks, which Ankara hopes will lead to a ceasefire.

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned of an escalation in “words or actions”, a day after US President Joe Biden said Russia’s Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”. The comments “narrow the window of opportunity to normalize dialogue, so needed now, with the current US administration,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response.

A group representing public bank workers will join central unions in a nationwide strike on Monday and Tuesday to protest the government’s economic policies.

The unions, after a meeting of their common platform, announced on March 22 the strike against “anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-popular and anti-national policies”. The All India Bank Employees Association will support the strike in protest against the government’s plan to privatize state-owned lenders and the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2021.

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