Russia says no peace talks with Ukraine

Russia has announced that it will not negotiate with Ukraine because Kyiv has passed a decree rejecting negotiations with Moscow.

“Not negotiating with (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky, simply because he legally banned negotiations with the Russian government,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on January 18 at a general news conference. Russia’s diplomatic service in 2022.

In October 2022, President Zelensky signed a decree officially declaring that it was impossible to hold negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, Zelensky said that Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia, but with a different president, not Putin.

At a press conference today, the Russian foreign minister added that the President of Ukraine made unrealistic proposals for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

“Mr. Zelensky put forward some completely absurd initiatives, a 10-point plan in which everything piles up food security, energy security, biosecurity, withdrawal of Russian troops from every district, court, conviction.”, Lavrov said.

At the G20 summit in November 2022, President Zelensky outlined a 10-point peace formula to end the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Proposals include ensuring nuclear and radiological security; food and energy security; releasing all prisoners; complying with the Charter of the United Nations, restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the world order; Russia must withdraw its troops and cease hostilities, avoid escalation of tensions and pay reparations for war damage.

Although signaling readiness for negotiations, President Zelensky stressed that Ukraine will “not compromise on independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity” to achieve peace. Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister said that the peace talks proposed by Ukraine were “unrealistic and incomplete”. 

According to Foreign Minister Lavrov, Russia is ready to consider serious proposals from the West on negotiations related to Ukraine but has not received any so far.

“All statements by the West that they are ready (for negotiations), while Russia is said to be not ready, come from people who are not willing. Regarding the prospect of negotiations between Russia and the West on Ukraine, we are ready for any serious negotiations. However, we have not received serious proposals. We are ready to consider and make a decision.” Lavrov said at a press conference.

Foreign Minister Lavrov emphasized the goals of the military operation are determined by the interests of Russia and neighboring countries. He said that Ukraine should not build a military infrastructure capable of threatening Russia, and should not discriminate and oppress Russians who are Ukrainian citizens but want to maintain their culture and language.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Moscow is ready to discuss a solution to the Ukraine crisis, but only if it receives “realistic and not too far-fetched proposals, taking into account the realities of the present situation. as well as the legitimate interests of Russia.”

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