Zelensky's office: in Moscow's “ball in the field” peace talks, Ukraine is ready to return to negotiations after the withdrawal of troops and a ceasefire, an adviser to the head of Zelensky's office said. Moscow noted that it was also ready to negotiate, but “on its own terms” =”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
In the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, it is up to Moscow, as Kyiv is waiting for the withdrawal of troops and a ceasefire, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said on Twitter.
“If Moscow wants dialogue, the ball is in its field . First— ceasefire and withdrawal of troops. Then— constructive»,— he wrote.
The comment appeared in response to the statements of the ex-Chancellor of Germany, Gerhard Schroeder, whom Podolyak called “the herald of the empire and the voice at the royal court.” The German politician came to Moscow on vacation at the end of July and later said that he had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After that, the former chancellor said that Russia's decision to launch a special operation was “a mistake of the Russian government”, for mutual concessions are needed to resolve the crisis, and the Kremlin would like to do this through negotiations.
Schroeder believes that the parties could build on the success achieved with the July grain deal. The politician admitted that the agreements could be “gradually expanded to a ceasefire.”
“It was a big mistake to denigrate possible concessions to Ukraine as a peace dictated by Russia in advance,” — he said and noted that it would not be possible to resolve the conflict without negotiations.
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Peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv began a few days after Putin announced the special operation. The last face-to-face meeting of the parties was held in Istanbul on March 29.
After them, Russia agreed to reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions, while Ukraine offered its own terms for concluding peace. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, these included Kyiv's abandonment of the desire to return the Crimea and Donbass by military means; military neutrality of Ukraine; security guarantees for it from the international community; Moscow's non-objection to the country's accession to the EU. At the same time, the Ukrainian delegation indicated that they were ready to discuss these provisions only after the withdrawal of troops. this is the fixation in the treaty of “the neutral, non-bloc and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, the recognition of the existing territorial realities, including the current status of Crimea, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics,” the Foreign Ministry pointed out.
After Istanbul, the parties held several more online meetings, but then the negotiations were frozen. “Grain Deal” was also concluded in Istanbul, but Kyiv and Moscow signed agreements with intermediaries— Ankara and the UN. They agreed on the conditions for the export of grain from Ukrainian ports and the removal of restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products.
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