Russia’s international minister seems to have ended any quick prospect for peace talks over the Ukraine battle, days after Russia’s president stated he was prepared to barter.
President Vladimir Putin stated on Sunday that the Kremlin was “ready to negotiate with everyone involved about acceptable solutions”, whereas additionally blaming Kyiv for the shortage of diplomatic progress to date.
An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promptly replied by saying that Mr Putin “needs to come back to reality”, including: “Russia doesn’t want negotiations, but tries to avoid responsibility”.
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On Monday, Ukraine’s place appeared to melt, with international minister Dmytro Kuleba saying that, whereas Ukraine desires to win the battle subsequent yr, diplomacy nonetheless has an essential function.
Mr Kuleba urged a summit earlier than the top of February hosted by the United Nations, though he stated Russia ought to solely be invited after going through prosecution for battle crimes in a world courtroom.
But late on Monday night time, Russia’s international minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to place an finish to any plans for peace talks.
He instructed the Tass information company: “Our proposals for the demilitarisation and denazification of the territories managed by the [Ukrainian] regime, the elimination of threats to Russia’s safety emanating from there, together with our new lands, are well-known to the enemy.
“The point is simple: Fulfil them for your own good. Otherwise, the issue will be decided by the Russian army.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov additionally responded to Mr Kuleba’s phrases with disapproval, telling state information company RIA Novosti that Russia “never followed conditions set by others – only our own and common sense”.
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It is 10 months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine and, with no critical peace talks for months, there may be little finish in sight.
Millions of Ukrainians have fled their nation and thousands and thousands of these left behind are with out electrical energy resulting from Russian assaults on crucial infrastructure.
But Ukraine says it won’t negotiate till each Russian soldier has left its territory, whereas Russia insists it can hold combating till it achieves its goals.
Mr Putin has stated that he believes the army motion is “defending our national interests…protect(ing) our citizens” and that any negotiations have to be on his phrases.
Ukraine says this might be unacceptable, as it might imply bowing to Russian calls for and accepting Mr Putin’s annexation of 4 Ukrainian areas.