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Russia, Ukraine make progress in ceasefire negotiations: Turkish FM******
Russia and Ukraine have made progress on the "critical" articles of a ceasefire agreement being negotiated, but some issues still require decisions by their leaders, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday.
"If the parties do not step back from their current positions, we can say that we are hopeful for a ceasefire," Cavusoglu told local daily Hurriyet.
"We see that the parties are close to agreement on fundamental issues," Cavusoglu said, reiterating his optimism when attending a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party.
In the past week, Cavusoglu had meetings with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts in Moscow and Lviv, respectively.
Speaking to Hurriyet on Saturday, Turkey's Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said that Moscow and Kiev were negotiating on six points, namely "Ukraine's neutrality, disarmament and security guarantees, the 'de-Nazification,' removal of obstacles on the use of the Russian language in Ukraine, the status of Donbass and the status of Crimea."
On March 10, Turkey hosted the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers on the sidelines of a diplomacy forum for their first high-level negotiations since the onset of the conflict, although the talks did not yield much progress on a ceasefire.
Chinese naturalized player Luo unwilling to leave China despite unpaid salary******
BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese naturalized player Luo Guofu said he was reluctant to ply his trade outside China, but he may have to do so if his contract issues cannot be sorted out.。
The Brazilian-born player, also known as Aloisio Goncalves, won Chinese fans' support for the fighting spirit he showed in the Chinese team's FIFA World Cup qualifiers.。
When he went back to his club Guangzhou FC from the national team commitments this week, he is facing the possibility of being unpaid for the remainder of the 2021 season.。
"When I returned to Guangzhou, I had a talk with the club manager over the telephone," he said.。
"I told him that I was supposed to play as a professional player, and the club should do what it is supposed to do," he said.。
Guangzhou FC was left in trouble after its parent company China Evergrande Group was hit by financial crisis, and has allegedly failed to pay its players several months' salaries.。
Luo said he may have to look for chances at other clubs, including the foreign ones, if his salary issue cannot be solved,
"I will be saddened if I cannot continue to play football in China, as I have been here for a long time," he said.。
The second phase of the Chinese Super League 2021 season is to start on Sunday.。
Luo joined Shandong Luneng in 2014 January and finished the next season as the top CSL scorer. Enditem。
Hong Kong shares snap 5******
HONG KONG, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong shares ended higher Wednesday, with the benchmark Hang Seng Index edging up after falling for five consecutive days.。
The index recovered by 0.14 percent to end at 24,685.5 points, led by a 3.01-percent charge of Chinese online shopping platform Meituan.。
The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, a benchmark that reflects the overall performance of the Chinese mainland securities listed in Hong Kong, lost 0.37 percent to end at 8,794.82 points.。
Despite the gains in the overall market, many stocks continued their overall downtrend. Enditem。