Russia ready for peace on its own terms – Kremlin — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Country will achieve goals regardless of Ukraine’s willingness to concede, Kremlin spokesman insists

Ukraine can end the ongoing conflict at any time by accepting Russia’s non-negotiable terms, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

“Russia is ready [for a peace deal], the Ukrainian side knows our conditions well. One way or another, they will be fulfilled. the official told reporters.

Peskov went on to explain that at the end of March, the two countries were close to settling their differences in a way acceptable to Russia, but the draft agreement prepared during a meeting in Istanbul was torpedoed by the Ukrainian side. .

kyiv broke off talks with Moscow after accusing Russia of committing war crimes, an allegation which Russia said was based on fabricated evidence. Ukrainian leaders have since insisted that negotiations can only resume after Russia is defeated on the battlefield with the help of Western weapons.

Dmitry Peskov also commented on the recent visit to Moscow of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who, the Kremlin spokesman confirmed, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite media speculation that the former German leader could mediate in the Ukraine conflict, the 78-year-old “expressed no desire” to do this, Peskov said.

Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.

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