According to statements made by Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, peace discussions might begin between Ukraine and Russia if Moscow detects a genuine "political desire" on the side of Kiev to participate in the conversation. At the beginning of this month, he made the observation that the leadership of Ukraine seems unwilling to sit for discussions at this time.
Peskov responded on Tuesday to journalists from Russia who inquired about the possibility of a discussion between Moscow & Kiev by stating that there must be "political will" and "readiness to address those Russian requests which were known for a long time."
Midway through November, while attending the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the Ukrainian President reiterated that "there would be no Minsk-3 [deal], which Russia will break." Zelensky made this statement while speaking via video at the summit.
The chief of state of Ukraine was discussing the Minsk-1 & Minsk-2 accords, which were mediated by Germany and France in 2014 & 2015, respectively. The agreements, among other things, called for the Donetsk and Lugansk areas to be granted a special status inside the Ukrainian state.
At the beginning of Moscow's military operation against its neighbor in late February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted Kiev's failure to fulfill the accords as one of the grounds for Moscow's decision to launch the operation.
The fact that Zelensky threatened Crimea is evidence that Ukraine does not desire peace, according to the Kremlin.
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Peskov said at the time that the statements made by Zelensky at the G20 summit "totally confirm" Kiev's refusal to engage in discussions. He was commenting on Zelensky's comments.
In a speech given to world leaders in Bali, the President of Ukraine outlined 10 measures that, in his opinion, are necessary to achieve peace. The total departure of Russian soldiers from all Ukrainian areas and respect for the country's boundaries as they were set up in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union are two of the most important aspects of his proposal. Both of these aspects are included in his plan.
In the meanwhile, Moscow claims ownership over certain of those territories, most notably Crimea, based on the results of referendums it conducted in those areas.
It happened soon after The Washington Post revealed at the beginning of November that the administration of Vice President Joe Biden had secretly encouraged Zelensky to demonstrate readiness to have discussions with Russia, even if just for show. This development came shortly after that revelation. It was claimed that Washington was worried that Kiev's unyielding stance may cause backing from some of Ukraine's Western friends to wane, a phenomenon that White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, referred to as a rising "Ukraine weariness."
According to the information presented in the report, Washington was primarily concerned with ensuring that weapons as well as other forms of assistance continued to flow from as many countries as possible, and they were not serious about persuading Kiev to talk.
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