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The Kremlin categorically disagrees with the opinion of US national security adviser Jake Sullivan that Moscow is not interested in negotiations with Kyiv. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, reports TASS.
The TV channel “Rain” (recognized as a foreign media agent in Russia) published an interview with Sullivan on YouTube, in which an aide to the US president said that, in his opinion, Russian leader Vladimir Putin had no interest in negotiations.
“Putin has now made it clear that he is not interested in returning to the negotiating table to actually reach a diplomatic solution,” Sullivan said.
When asked by a journalist why the Kremlin could not agree with such assessments, Peskov replied: “I do not agree. Because they are fundamentally wrong.
Russian-Ukrainian negotiations began in March: the parties met both face-to-face and via videoconference. The most productive was the meeting in Istanbul at the end of March, when Russia and Ukraine handed over proposals to resolve the conflict to each other.
But in early April, the dialogue was frozen. Kyiv explained the change in attitude towards the negotiations by the events in Bucha. Then the journalists of Reuters and other publications reported the bodies of dead civilians found there. The Russian Defense Ministry called these data a provocation, stating that the Russian military had already left the Kyiv region by that time.
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The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that they are ready to resume negotiations, but Moscow believes that Western countries do not allow Kyiv to sit down at the negotiating table again.
In mid-July, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that negotiations with Russia are possible only after Ukraine wins on the battlefield, since “negotiations are directly tied to the situation at the front.”
Before that, he said that Kyiv intends to return the lost territories and fully restore sovereignty in the east and south of the country. He called it “Ukraine's final negotiating position.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, noted that Moscow had no prejudices regarding the resumption of negotiations with Kyiv. “The matter does not depend on us, because the Ukrainian authorities, from the president to his numerous advisers, say that there will be no negotiations until Ukraine defeats Russia on the battlefield,” — he explained.
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