Moscow is ready to negotiate a ceasefire with Kiev, said Kremlin Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed readiness to engage in talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, with an emphasis on securing neutral status and promising that there will be no weapons on its territory.
This would achieve the demilitarization of Ukraine and the elimination of what Russia considers a threat to the security of the state and the people.
“The president has formulated his vision of what we can expect from Ukraine to solve the problems of the so-called ‘red line’, it is a neutral status and it is a refusal to deploy weapons,” Peskov said.
He added that Putin would set aside time for negotiations, but gave assurances that Russia would only engage if Ukraine’s leadership was willing to discuss them.
“Russia had no choice but to send troops to Ukraine,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said today as the Russian army attacked the neighboring country.
“What is happening now is a coercive measure because Russia has not been given the opportunity to act differently,” Putin told a televised meeting with business people in Moscow.
Putin said the security risks posed were so great that it was impossible to do otherwise, and pointed to the irreconcilability of Kiev and the West to Russia’s security demands.
He said Russia did not want to harm the world economy or be excluded from it. His invasion of Ukraine shocked markets and exposed Russia to destructive Western sanctions.
“Russia continues to participate in the world economy, we are not preparing to harm it,” Putin told Russian business leaders gathered in the Kremlin. “It seems to me that our partners need to understand that and not set a goal to get us out of the system,” he said.
He added that Russia was “ready” to impose new sanctions on its economy, urging entrepreneurs to show “solidarity” with the Russian government.