“Meet all requirements”: The Kremlin will not tolerate any compromise on peace

“Meet all requirements”
The Kremlin will not tolerate compromises on peace

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine have been suspended since March. The Kremlin sets its conditions for ending the war: meeting all its requirements. These include the recognition of separatist areas and the transfer of Crimea. Kyiv has ruled it out so far.

Four months after the start of the Russian offensive war against Ukraine, the Kremlin is behind all its demands with regard to possible future negotiations. “As for the peace plan, it is possible after Kyiv meets all the requirements of the Russian side,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to Interfax.

Peskow did not name the requirements. “Ukraine knows them well,” he said simply. Moscow’s public demands at the beginning of the war included the recognition of the eastern Ukrainian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states and the annexed Black Sea Peninsula Crimea in 2014 as Russian state territory. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently formulated the recapture of Crimea and the occupied areas since the end of February as one of Kiev’s explicit goals.

Active negotiations on the Moscow-Kiev peace agreement last took place in Istanbul at the end of March. Since then, the two warring parties have spoken only of partial solutions, such as the exchange of dead or prisoners of war – but not of ending the war. They accuse each other of ongoing negotiations.

Ukraine’s chief negotiator David Arakhami announced last week that peace talks with Moscow would not resume until the end of August after counterattacks. By the end of August, Ukraine will have a better negotiating position, he said in an interview with the Voice of America. “I think we will carry out a counterattack operation in various places,” Arachamiya said without giving any details.

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