27 Oct 2022 21:43 GMT
The Russian president offered a speech on Thursday at the plenary session of the Valdái International Discussion Forum.
The peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine do not simply depend on the leadership in kyiv, but are decided by politicians in Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
“We are not the problem. We have said many times that we are ready to trade and recently I mentioned it again publicly speaking in the Kremlin. But the leaders of the kyiv regime took the decision not to continue negotiations with the Russian Federation,” said the president during the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Forum.
In this context, Putin indicated that the decisive word rests with those responsible for this policy in Washington. “This problem is very easy to solve: give the proper signal to kyiv so that they change their position and try to resolve these problems peacefully, nothing more,” he said.
The first session of peace talks between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations took place on February 28th, four days after the start of the Russian military operation. Since then, several rounds of talks have been held, both in person and by videoconference.
At the end of March, after a meeting in Istanbul (Turkey), kyiv affirmed its willingness to comply with Moscow’s main demands, but then the negotiations they stalled by kyiv’s refusal to resume talks until Russia withdraws its troops.
The change of position of the Ukrainian Government coincided with the arrival in kyiv of the then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the promises of Western countries to provide the country with economic assistance and more military aid.
Since then, contacts between Moscow and kyiv have been basically limited to the exchange of prisoners of war.