Political settlement in Ukraine possible, but not on Kiev’s terms — Russia

Russia does not reject the option of political settlement in Ukraine, but it will not talk under Kyiv’s preconditions, says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin, APA reports citing TASS.

“The total inadequacy of decisions and actions of the current Kyiv regime, whose politicians are notorious for their carelessness, inability to negotiate, and blatant Russophobia, is obvious. And, although Russia does not reject the option for negotiations and a political resolution of the conflict, we are not going to talk under the preconditions put forth by the Kyiv authorities. Everything now depends exclusively on the readiness of Kyiv and its Western puppeteers for a true political and diplomatic resolution of the crisis,” the senior diplomat told TASS.

Galuzin also called the “so-called peace initiatives” of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky “that, if implemented, he allegedly is ready for a truce with Russia under” totally unacceptable.

“The Ukrainian leader’s proposal to make a ‘gesture of goodwill’ and withdraw Russian forces from Ukrainian territory for Christmas is also absurd. It is also unclear how all these slogans and calls correspond with Zelensky’s decree, signed on September 30, about the ‘impossibility’ of negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the Deputy Foreign Minister added.

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