According to Putin, Ukraine failed to respect a preliminary peace agreement | War in Ukraine

Putin says Ukraine’failed to honor preliminary peace agreement | War in Ukraine

Back to a series of peace talks between the belligerents.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing members of the Russian Parliament on Thursday .

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he had seen no willingness on the part of Ukraine to abide by the terms of what he presented as a preliminary peace accord. decided in March.

While speaking on television after his visit to Iran, Vladimir Putin announced that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had offered to mediate between Moscow and kyiv.

The Ukrainian government did not immediately react to the words of the Russian president.

When asked about a possible meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelensky, Vladimir Putin said that kyiv had not complied with the terms of a preliminary peace agreement which had been , according to him, practically reached in March, without however providing more details.

The result obviously depends on the willingness of the parties to implement the agreements that have been reached. We see today that this is not the will of the power in place in kyiv, said Vladimir Putin.

During the month of March, a series of meetings took place between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations. After a rocky start, the talks appeared to be moving forward, according to statements from both sides.

These discussions eventually led to a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in Istanbul thanks to the intermediation of Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu maintained contact with both sides after the meeting in Turkey and assured that they were close to an agreement.

The Turkish authorities had indicated that the discussions focused on the neutrality of Ukraine, disarmament and security guarantees, denazification, the removal of obstacles to ;use of the Russian language in Ukraine, the status of the separatist region of Donbass and the status of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.

Since then, no meeting has taken place and negotiation has given way to war.

During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guetteres in April in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said the talks had resulted in a “serious breakthrough” .

Also in April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov accused the West of seeking to derail talks by accusing Russia of a war crime.

Last June, after announcements of US arms deliveries to Ukraine, Moscow accused Washington of “pouring oil on the fire”. According to the Kremlin, the arms deliveries do not encourage the Ukrainian leaders to want to relaunch the peace negotiations.

On July 8, Minister Lavrov said in a press release that Western countries do not allow Ukraine to engage in a peace process.

With information from Reuters

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