Kremlin spokesman says that Kyiv is not interested in dialogue, Ukraine, for its part, did not make any immediate comments
The Russian presidency (Kremlin) announced on Thursday that it was ready to sit down at the negotiating table with Ukraine, which Kiev “rejected”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a press conference in Moscow that Russia was “ready to secure its interests at the negotiating table with Ukraine”.
Media reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky through Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, inviting him to dialogue.
Commenting on this, Peskov said that President Embaló “expressed his willingness to establish contacts with Zelensky” and said that he would convey Putin’s position to the Ukrainian side.
“There is no specific message in this regard,” the spokesman for the Russian presidency said.
Peskov explained that Putin informed Embaló about the Russian-Ukrainian peace talks that took place last March and that an agreement was almost reached, but the Ukrainian side “disappeared” and expressed its reluctance to continue the talks, then adopted a law prohibiting the Ukrainian side. from holding talks with Russia.
According to the Kremlin spokesman, during his meeting with Embaló, Putin had emphasized that the absence of the will to negotiate and the rejection of the agreed agreements “had clearly been decided by decree from Washington”, according to his expression.
“Now Russia de facto has not changed its position, and we are ready to secure our interests at the negotiating table, we want it (dialogue), but there is complete reluctance on the part of Russia. “Ukraine,” said Peskov . .
There were no immediate comments from the Ukrainian side to the statements of the Russian spokesman.
It should be noted that Moscow and Kiev held direct negotiations on 3 occasions, in the cities of Homiel and Brest in Belarus and the city of Istanbul.
On February 24, Russia launched an offensive against Ukraine, triggering strong international reactions. To end the war, Moscow is demanding that Kiev renounce all plans for a military alliance and remain a neutral country, which the Ukrainian side considers “interference in its sovereign affairs”.
AA / Moscow / Mohammed Hamood Ali Al Ragawi
Kremlin: Russia ‘ready to secure its interests at the negotiating table’
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says peace talks with Ukraine cannot begin because of Kiev’s opposition
MOSCOW (AA) – Russia is ready to secure its interests at the negotiating table with Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
Media reports indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy through Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, inviting him for dialogue as the war in Ukraine enters its ninth month.
At a press conference in Moscow, Peskov said: “Our colleague from the African state was willing, said he would have contacts (with Zelenskyy) and that he would convey Putin’s position to the Ukrainian side.”
“There is no specific message in this matter,” Peskov said.
Putin informed Embalo of the Russo-Ukrainian peace talks that took place in March that an agreement was almost reached when the Ukrainian side “disappeared”, declared unwillingness to continue negotiations and subsequently passed a law prohibiting the Ukrainian side from hold talks with Russia, the spokesman said.
“The President emphasized at the same time that such unwillingness to negotiate and the rejection of already agreed understandings happened clearly by decree from Washington.
“Now Russia de facto has not changed its position, we are ready to secure our interests at the negotiating table, we want this, but in this case we are talking about complete unwillingness on the part of Ukraine,” Peskov said.
on Feb. 24, Russia started what it calls “a special military operation” in Ukraine.
In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have launched a counter-offensive, while Moscow has called up more reservists and annexed four Ukrainian regions after what the West condemned as “sham” referendums.