July 29, 2022

Kuleba said about the “itch” of a number of Kyiv’s partners about negotiations with Russia

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Some Western partners of Ukraine started to “itch” on the subject of negotiations with Moscow as winter approaches. This was stated by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Kuleba on the air of the national telethon, which was broadcast by the Rada TV channel.

He said that a number of Western partners began to actively offer Kyiv to start peace negotiations with the Russian side.

“We continue to very calmly explain to them why their hope for a constructive Russian position is not true,” — added Kuleba.

According to the Ukrainian minister, Kyiv sees no signals that would indicate that Moscow wants to negotiate.

Earlier, on July 18, 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.”

“I tell all partners simply: “Russia must sit down at the negotiating table after the defeat on the battlefield. Otherwise, it will again be the language of ultimatums, — he emphasized.

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The Ukrainian minister stressed that Kiev intends to return the lost territories and fully restore sovereignty to east and south of the country. He called it “Ukraine's final negotiating position.”

In early June, the head of the Ukrainian delegation, member of the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia, also said that a new stage of negotiations with Russia is possible when Kyiv achieves a “strong position.” According to him, this can be achieved primarily through the supply of Western weapons.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, noted that Moscow has no prejudices regarding the resumption of negotiations with Kyiv , however, Ukraine must also be ready for this.

“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 specified.

Russian-Ukrainian negotiations began shortly after the start of the Russian operation. The parties met in person, as well as via videoconference. The most productive was the meeting in Istanbul at the end of March, when the parties conveyed their proposals to each other to resolve the conflict, but soon the dialogue was frozen.

The Ukrainian side explained the change in attitude towards the negotiation process after the events in Bucha. Journalists from Reuters and other publications reported on the bodies of dead civilians found there. The Ministry of Defense called these data a provocation.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that they are ready to resume negotiations. Moscow believes that Western countries do not allow Kyiv to sit down at the negotiating table again.

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