Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the use of “goodwill” to settle conflicts around the world, without referring to the war in Ukraine.
“Everyone has goodwill, and we must use that goodwill to the fullest” to resolve any conflict, Putin said while addressing leaders at the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit.
“We must strive to find ways out of the current situation, wherever it is,” he added.
Putin also said that Russia “welcomes anyone’s mediation efforts, as long as they are aimed at calming the situation, for the benefit of all participants in the conflicts.”
“This also applies to our partners in the United States and Europe,” he added.
The event in the Kazakh capital of Astana brings together the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Since launching its invasion of Ukraine in February, the Kremlin has severed diplomatic relations with Kyiv and its Western allies.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree formally ruling out any negotiations with Putin. It came in response to Putin’s announcement that he would illegally annex four regions of Ukraine, in a move widely condemned by international leaders.