Moscow could be ready to accept an end to the war if Ukraine accepts a “Austrian/Swedish style neutrality” with their military status which could be a major breakthrough to end the conflict.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has suggested during a press briefing that Russia could accept Ukraine adopting a neutral status.
Journalist Kevin Rothrock translated Peskov’s speech, he wrote on Twitter, “Seemingly very good news: Moscow signals that it might accept Austrian/Swedish-style neutrality in Ukraine. ie Kyiv would pledge to be nonaligned (no foreign military bases) but retain its own military. Russia might accept this as ‘de-militarization’.
“Dropping sanctions will be key.”
“This is a variant that is currently being discussed and which could really be seen a compromise,” Peskov was quoted as saying by RIA news agency.
Peskov said, “The work is difficult, and in the current situation the very fact that (the talks) are continuing is probably positive
“The meetings continue, and, I am informed, the positions during the negotiations already sound more realistic.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address ahead of the next round of peace talks, “But time is still needed for the decisions to be in the interests of Ukraine.”
In 2008 Ukraine was told that they can join NATO but Russia has warned that this cannot happen as Putin doe not want Western forces on the border with his country.
Peskov commented on the remarks from Vladimir Medinsky, Russia’s chief negotiator, he told state TV, “Ukraine is offering an Austrian or Swedish version of a neutral demilitarized state, but at the same time a state with its own army and navy.”