MOSCOW/Kyiv, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Russia is ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the Ukrainian conflict, President Vladimir Putin has said. “We are ready to negotiate acceptable solutions with all parties concerned, but it is up to them – not us those who refuse to negotiate, they do.” Ukraine immediately contradicted this.
The invasion of Ukraine, launched by Russia on February 24, is the worst conflict in Europe since the end of the Second World War. It is also the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, which involved the deployment of US medium-range missiles in Turkey and the Soviet Union in Cuba.
There is no end in sight to the war in Ukraine, which Russian leaders have described as a special military operation. Russian leaders have said they will fight until all their goals are achieved, including the demilitarization of Ukraine. Their government has announced that it will not stop until the last Russian soldier leaves the territory – including the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea annexed by Russia in 2014.
The Ukrainian government contradicted Putin’s account in the interview. “Russia single-handedly attacked Ukraine and killed citizens,” Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, wrote on Twitter. “Russia does not want negotiations, but tries to avoid responsibility.” Putin must come back to reality.
In a recent interview, US CIA Director William Burns also expressed skepticism about Russia’s willingness to talk. Although most conflicts end in negotiations, the CIA is convinced that Russia is not yet serious about real talks to end the war.
PUTIN: “I DON’T THINK IT’S DANGEROUS”
The Russian president was convinced of his course. “I believe that our actions are going in the right direction. The West, led by the United States, is trying to divide Russia. “We defend our national interests, the interests of our citizens, of our people,” Putin said. “And we have no choice but to protect our citizens.” Putin expressed his belief that the vast majority of the Russian population – 99.9% – is ready to defend his country and give everything for the fatherland.
The US government denies planning the collapse of Russia. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of an imperial war of occupation against its neighbor, to which it has no right. When asked if the geopolitical conflict with the West was approaching dangerous proportions, the Russian president replied: “I don’t think it’s that dangerous.”
Putin said the West sparked the conflict in Ukraine in 2014 by overthrowing a pro-Russian president during Maidan protests in Kyiv. “In fact, this is the policy of our geopolitical adversaries to tear apart Russia, historic Russia.” Putin refers to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. This had ended a widely negotiated association agreement with the EU and had thus triggered massive protests among the population, which he fled to Russia. As a result, in February 2014, Kyiv’s parliament voted to impeach Yanukovych. Shortly after this revolution, Russia annexed Crimea and Russian-backed separatists began fighting Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine.
Putin – Russia ready to negotiate on Ukraine
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