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Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov confirmed that during the conversation between Vladimir Putin and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the topic of a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine was discussed.
“Russia was and remains ready to resolve the Ukrainian problem through diplomacy on its own terms,” — Peskov is quoted by the RIA Novosti agency.
The presidential press secretary again recalled that the terms of the ceasefire were agreed upon in Istanbul by the Russian and Ukrainian delegations. “After that, the Ukrainian side refused this agreement… And yes, Russia is ready, our conditions are well known to the Ukrainian side. One way or another, they will be provided,— he said.
When asked if Schroeder offered his services as an intermediary between Russia and Ukraine, Peskov replied that the former chancellor did not express such a desire.
In an interview with n-tv, Schroeder said that During his trip to Moscow, he met with Putin and discussed the situation in Ukraine with him. According to him, the beginning of the conflict was “a mistake of the Russian government”, and mutual concessions are needed to resolve the conflict. “The Kremlin would like to find a way out of the situation through negotiations,” — he said.
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After the start of the special operation, the delegations of Russia and Ukraine held several rounds of negotiations. Following the meeting in Istanbul, their representatives announced that they had reached agreement on a number of issues. After that, Moscow, as a gesture of good will, announced the withdrawal of troops from near Kyiv, from the Chernihiv and Sumy regions. However, no further negotiations followed.
Announcing the start of the military operation, Vladimir Putin on February 24 announced the need to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine and protect the inhabitants of Donbass. In early March, the President noted that Russian conditions included a neutral status for Ukraine, “so that a threat to the Russian Federation would never emanate from its territory.”
On July 20, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Ukraine weapons geographic tasks of the special operation expanded. “Now the geography is different. This is far from being only the DPR and LPR, it is also the Kherson region, the Zaporozhye region and a number of other territories, and this process continues, and continues consistently and persistently, — he said.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky called the withdrawal of Russian troops to the line as of February 23 as a condition for a ceasefire.
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