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Russia reacts to Zelensky assassination allegations — RT World News

Russia has no intention of killing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or removing him from power, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.

“No that’s not true,” Peskov responded, when asked on Wednesday to comment on speculation that Moscow wanted Zelensky dead, during an interview on French TV channel LCI.

He also insisted that regime change in the neighboring country was not among the objectives of the ongoing Russian military operation.

Zelensky “is the President of Ukraine”, Peskov noted, and what Moscow expects of him is that he accepts the demands that the Russian delegation put forward during the peace negotiations.

“Through these talks, we want to end the military operation,” Peskov said, adding that Moscow’s recent decision to withdraw its troops from areas near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv was a goodwill gesture aimed at facilitating their positive outcome.

The latest round of face-to-face negotiations between the Moscow and Kyiv delegations took place in Istanbul, Turkey, a week ago.

Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the 2014 Minsk agreements and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of these regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia is now demanding that Ukraine formally adopt neutrality and never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists Russia’s offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake breakaway regions by force.

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