The Kremlin announced “completely different” conditions for negotiations with Kyiv

The Ukrainian delegation does not maintain contacts with Russia and “no interest” from Kyiv, as well as from the “Western countries”, is not yet visible on the resumption of negotiations, Ushakov said

Yury Ushakov

Moscow's conditions will be “completely different” if Russian-Ukrainian talks resume, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said at a briefing.

He noted that the talks were interrupted “after an agreement in principle” that delegations reached negotiations in Istanbul. And after that, the Ukrainian delegation “did not maintain and does not maintain any contacts” with Russia, Ushakov said.

“So if negotiations are resumed now, then the conditions will be completely different. So far, no interest from Kyiv, as well as from Western states, is visible, — said the presidential aide (quote from RIA Novosti).

The last time the delegations of Russia and Ukraine met at the end of March in Istanbul, then the discussion continued online. However, in May, Moscow announced that Kyiv had frozen the negotiations and also decided to move away from the Istanbul agreements. According to President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine wanted to decide the fate of Crimea and Donbass at a bilateral summit, while Russia insists on resolving the issue at the stage of drafting a peace agreement.

The condition for the resumption of negotiations is Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called the return of lost territories and the full restoration of the sovereignty of the country in the east and south.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that Ukraine must recognize “the prevailing territorial realities, including the current status of Crimea, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.” In addition, a possible future agreement between the countries should include a neutral, non-bloc and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, added Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Rudenko.

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