Moscow, Reuters. Russia said on Tuesday it could agree with the United States on the need for lasting peace in Ukraine, saying there was no room for talks until the goals of its special military operation in Ukraine were met. Both US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have said they are open to a diplomatic path in Ukraine. But the meeting between the two leaders did not take place and neither side agreed on the terms of the talks.
The US said talks were necessary
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview on Monday that the conflict in Ukraine will almost certainly end through diplomacy and dialogue. He emphasized the need for a just and robust peace process, stressing diplomacy and dialogue to end the conflict. Responding to Blinken’s comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he acknowledged the need for peace. As the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has reached its 10th month, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 this year.
Russia is not yet ready for negotiations
The Kremlin said the decision should be fair and strong, and one could accept it. However, as far as the possibility of any talks is concerned, we do not see any development on that side at the moment, we have been saying again and again,” he added. “The goals of the special military operation must be achieved. Russia must achieve the goals it has set itself.
Ukraine made a condition to Russia in this agreement
Russia’s goals in Ukraine are not fully defined and its military is believed to be facing setbacks on the battlefield. However, Russia has said it will never relinquish the territory it occupies in southern and eastern Ukraine. Kyiv has refused to cede any part of Ukraine to Russia in exchange for peace. At the same time, Kyiv has demanded that Russia return all territories, including Crimea, and land occupied by Russia since 2014.
Edited by: Devashankar Chaudhary
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