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Putin says “necessary conditions” for Ukraine talks may emerge

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during a meeting in Moscow October 27, 2022. He said Monday that “some necessary conditions” may emerge for peace talks with Ukraine to resume.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said “necessary conditions” could materialize and move forward negotiations to end the war in Ukraine.

Putin said on Monday it was possible to resume stalled peace talks between the nations, but expressed frustration that Ukraine “refuses to discuss anything with Russia” after Moscow recently signed a deal on the export of abandoned grain from Ukrainian ports.

In July, after negotiations with Ukraine brokered by the United Nations (UN) and Turkey, Russia agreed to end its Black Sea blockade on grain shipments. The deal was broken over the weekend after Russia accused Ukraine of attacking Russian warships in Crimea.

The Russian president insisted during a press conference in Sochi that Russia’s “good faith” in its desire to end the war in Ukraine was “above any doubt,” according to Ukrainska Pravda. Putin accused Ukraine of “throwing in the trash” on the grain deal.

“We reached an agreement with them in Istanbul, but they threw it all in the trash,” he said. “And now they refuse to discuss anything with us. How can we talk about possible agreements when the other side doesn’t even want to talk to us? Well, we can wait.”

“Perhaps some necessary conditions will arise at some point; we have shown our goodwill,” he added. “It is beyond doubt and will not change.”

Putin did not name any conditions that would be necessary for the start of negotiations. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned at least two vague conditions for possible peace talks during an interview with Russia’s state media outlet RIA Novosti on Saturday.

Lavrov said Russia was “ready to listen to our Western colleagues” if a new request for negotiations was made. He said the West must “take full account of the interests of the Russian Federation and its security” and “offer us some serious approaches that will help ease tensions.”

Russia has previously stated that its condition for ending the war is that Ukraine halts all attempts to join NATO and maintains a position of “neutrality” in international affairs.

Putin has also demanded that Ukraine recognize Russian-occupied Crimea as part of Russia. Any new territorial claims would likely include four more regions of Ukraine that the Russian president claimed will be annexed in September.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that any negotiations to end the war in Ukraine must take place in the US, which according to Russia’s state media agency TASS has a “decisive vote”.

In September, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy set out five non-negotiable conditions for a peace deal in a pre-recorded video message to a session of the UN General Assembly.

Zelenskyy’s terms included new penalties for Russia, security guarantees and the restoration of “territorial integrity,” which would include recognizing all of Ukraine’s pre-war borders, likely including Russian-occupied Crimea.

news week has reached out to the Russian government and the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC for comment. Putin says “necessary conditions” for Ukraine talks may emerge

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