Moscow: We are ready to negotiate with Kyiv
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters, Friday, January 19, 2018.
photo: AP/Richard Drew
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian leadership, led by President Vladimir Putin, is still, as before, ready to negotiate on Ukraine.
"The readiness of Russia, including its president, to talk on Ukraine has not changed," the Russian foreign minister added in a statement today, Sunday, per Russian media.
Lavrov added: "We will always be ready to listen to the proposals of our Western partners aimed at de-escalation, so if realistic proposals are directed to us, based on the principles of equality and respect for each other's interests, with the aim of finding compromises and balancing the interests of all countries, of course, we will be However, as we have always been in the past."
Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the willingness of the United States to listen to the concerns of the Russian Federation could open the way for dialogue between the two countries leaderships.
Russian-funded Sputnik news agency reported that Russia's concerns, including those related to security, "could become a starting point for dialogue between President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden."
The talks between Moscow and Kyiv collapsed since the last Turkish-brokered round of negotiations in early 2022 in Istanbul, as Ukraine has repeatedly refused talks until they recapture every territory occupied by Russia, as Ukraine is now on the offensive in East and Southern Ukraine.