Vladimir Putin said at a press conference after meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, that “there is no doubt that we will achieve our goals.”
Speaking to Gazeta.ru he made his intentions quite clear that Russian forces will not stop in Ukraine until all “tasks that were set at the beginning of this operation are solved.”
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Putin noted that there has been “inconsistency” with Ukrainian diplomats during the peace talks which he claims is the primary reason he is continuing with the war.
“True, I was told that last night the Ukrainian side changed something again. I don’t know about these changes yet,” Putin said during the press conference.
“Such inconsistency on fundamental issues creates certain difficulties in reaching final agreements acceptable to everyone on the negotiation track.
“And until this happens, the military operation will continue until it is fully completed and the tasks that were set at the beginning of this operation are solved.”
Putin wants Ukraine to accept the recognition of Crimea as a Russian state, along with the recognition of the eastern Ukraine Donbas republics as independent, and as they will not accept this talks have “returned to a deadlock,” RT has reported.
Putin defended the war in Ukraine and he insisted that the country “had no other choice” to take such action, and added, “there is no doubt that we will achieve our goals.”
“[The military operation in Ukraine’s] goals are absolutely clear and noble,” Putin said.
He added, “On the one hand, we are helping and saving people, and on the other, we are simply taking measures to ensure the security of Russia itself.”