The Kremlin has said that Russia still needs to achieve their aims of the so called “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Moscow are now “ready to welcome anything to hasten” the end of the war, but they will not give up proclaimed the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
The four regions were in annexed in September 2022 by Vladimir Putin and he said at the time that these lands belong to the Russian Federation forever.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “We are ready to welcome anything that could hasten the end of the conflict in Ukraine and Russia achieving all the goals it has set itself.
“As for the fact that they communicated – that is a sovereign matter for each of these countries and a question of their bilateral dialogue.”
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Peskov was asked if Russia and China had discussed restoring Ukraine back to their 1991 borders, the Kremlin spokesman said, “There was no discussion of that.”
In October Putin announced then also that he is is ready to enter talks with Ukraine to negotiate the end of the ongoing war, but he insisted he will not return the four annexed territories.
At the time Putin said, “We suggest returning to the talks,” but we’re not going to discuss the choice that people have made in the newly annexed regions, adding Russia is not going to betray it.”
The Russian tyrant said that Ukrainians of the four regions – Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, “are becoming our citizens for good.”
However, the Ukrainian President said he will not enter talks with Putin and will only have dialogue with another Russian President.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said in October, “Ukraine has been and remains a leader in negotiating efforts.
“It was our state that had always offered Russia to agree on coexistence on equal, honest, worthy and fair terms.
“Obviously, this is impossible with this Russian President.”
Zelensky stressed that Putin “does not know what dignity and honesty are.
“We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another Russian president.”
He added that peace will only return once all the Russian occupiers are removed from all the territory of Ukraine, which includes the four annexed regions and Crimea.
“We will follow this path,” Zelensky concluded.
On Wednesday President Volodymyr Zelensky had a “long and meaningful” call with the Chinese President Xi Jinping where they both exchanged views on their relations and also discussed the ongoing war.
Jinping said he will send special representatives to Ukraine to hold talks with “all parties” over the “political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.”
“The two sides should focus on the future, persist in viewing and planning bilateral relations from a long-term perspective, continue the tradition of mutual respect and sincerity between the two sides,” President Xi reportedly said.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “We note the readiness of the Chinese side to make efforts to establish a negotiation process.”
Writing on Twitter, President Zelenskyy said: “I had a long and meaningful phone call with… President Xi Jinping.
“I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine‘s ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations.”