President Putin tells Ukraine he is ready for peace talks

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has stated that he is willing to hold peace negotiations with Ukraine to resolve the conflict, but only if Kiev recognises “new territorial realities.”

Despite not fully controlling the Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions, the Kremlin asserts that it has done so.

Putin told Erdogan that peace talks are feasible, but only if Ukraine recognises Moscow’s occupied regions as Russian, the Kremlin reported on Thursday, January 5.

According to a statement from the Kremlin, “Putin again confirmed Russia’s willingness to meaningful talks on the condition that Kyiv authorities fulfil the well-known and frequently mentioned requirements of taking into consideration the new geographical realities.”

This is not the first time Putin has expressed that he is ready for peace talks under the conditions set out by Moscow.

On Christmas Day, in an interview with state television about the war in Ukraine, Putin said that Russia is ‘prepared to negotiate some acceptable outcomes’.

The leaders also discussed the implementation of a landmark grain deal, brokered by the UN with the help of Turkey, to unblock Ukrainian grain.

The Kremlin said the pair discussed ‘the unblocking of food and fertiliser supplies from Russia’ and the need for ‘the removal of all barriers to Russian exports.’

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