Moscow rejected US President Joe Biden’s terms for negotiations on Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was not ready to start talks if Washington’s condition is for Russia to leave Ukraine, while in Kiev he told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that intensified Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure Ukraine are “necessary and inevitable”.
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The Kremlin spokesman said that President Vladimir Putin will continue the military operation in Ukraine, but at the same time is open to negotiations.
Peskov’s statement came on a conference call, in response to a question about US President Joe Biden’s statement about the possibility of holding talks with Putin if Russia withdraws from Ukraine.
“The Special Military Operation (in Ukraine) continues, but at the same time it is also important to emphasize that President Putin was, and remains, open to communication to conduct negotiations,” Peskov said, quoted by Bloomberg news agency.
He added: “Of course, it is better to reach our interests through diplomatic means.”
US President Biden had said he would talk to his Russian counterpart about the war in Ukraine if Putin is serious about ending the invasion, after previously saying that Ukrainian leaders could decide when to hold pace.
On Thursday, Biden said in a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, “I am ready to talk to Putin if he has an interest in finding a way to end the war.”
The Kremlin stated this, in a statement released after a phone call between Putin and Schultz, the first since mid-September: “It has been noted that the Russian armed forces have long avoided high-precision missile attacks on some targets in Ukraine, but such measures have become necessary and inevitable.” against provocative attacks by Kyiv.
The Kremlin stated, in a statement (Friday), that “the Russian president has called on the German side to reconsider its approaches in the context of Ukrainian events.”
The phone call between Putin and Scholz took place on the initiative of the German side.
“Attention has been drawn to the devastating line of Western countries, including Germany, which supplies weapons to the Kiev regime and trains the Ukrainian army,” the statement read.
Putin stressed that Russian attacks on targets in Ukraine have been Russia’s inevitable response to provocations in Kiev, including the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge.
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