Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is open to a politico-diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Ukraine “taking into account the prevailing geopolitical realities.” He noted that in the spring of 2022, the peace talks were not terminated by Russia. According to the Russian president, Kyiv is not interested in “search for a way out of the current situation.”
The President expressed his position on the peace talks in an article for the People’s Daily newspaper ahead of Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow. He expressed appreciation for China’s “balanced line” and welcomed Beijing’s willingness to “play a constructive role in resolving the crisis.”
“Russia is open to a politico-diplomatic settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. However, back in April 2022, the peace talks were by no means terminated by us. The future of the peace process depends solely on the readiness for a serious conversation, taking into account the prevailing geopolitical realities. Unfortunately, the ultimatum demands addressed to Russia only speak of isolation from such realities and disinterest in finding a way out of the current situation,” Mr. Putin wrote in the article.
Russian-Ukrainian negotiations were suspended in the spring of 2022. The last face-to-face meeting of the delegations took place in Istanbul on March 29. After Russia annexed the Donetsk, Lugansk People’s Republics, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions at the end of September 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced his refusal to negotiate with Russia while Vladimir Putin is its president. Subsequently, he allowed negotiations with a number of conditions, including the withdrawal of Russian troops.
About China’s plan to resolve the conflict – in the material “Kommersant” “Offensive, sanctions and peace.”
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