According to the adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, in order to start a dialogue with Moscow again, the Ukrainian army must recapture a significant part of the territories, including Mariupol and Kherson
Mikhail Podolyak There are no negotiations with Russia yet, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said in an interview with Deutsche Welle (included in the register of foreign media agents).
He also noted that it was difficult to negotiate with Russia and that Moscow could only communicate “in the language of ultimatums.” On March 16, the head of the Russian negotiating delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, said that Moscow considers the status of Crimea and Donbass, as well as other aspects, including the rights of the Russian-speaking population and the status of the Russian language, to be fundamental issues.
Answering the question under what conditions are possible negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Podolyak mentioned “powerful tactical victories of the Ukrainian army in the southern and eastern directions.” “This is Kherson, Berdyansk, the exit to the Azov water area, the return of Mariupol. This should not be just a tactical pushback of the Russian army, but the destruction of the maximum amount of manpower and equipment,»,— he explained.
Russian-Ukrainian negotiations began shortly after the start of the Russian operation. The parties met in person, and also held rounds via videoconferencing. After the talks in Istanbul, Moscow and Kyiv handed over proposals to each other to resolve the crisis, but the dialogue soon stalled. The parties blamed each other for this: Moscow announced a “freeze” of of the negotiation process on the part of Kyiv, and the Ukrainian authorities, in turn, explained the termination of negotiations by the events in Bucha, in which they blame the Russian military. The Russian Ministry of Defense called the incident a provocation and stated that the Russian army had nothing to do with it.
In early July, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that sooner or later “the turn of negotiations will come,” but before that, the Ukrainians will have to agree to the terms. Russia, as well as “to fix the document that has already been agreed in many respects.” President Vladimir Putin claimed that Kyiv “sabotaged” the negotiation process.
Show, Peskov said, there is no talk of resuming the negotiation process. At the same time, he emphasized that Moscow never spoke of a “closed door for negotiations.”
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