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Talks with Ukraine are necessary – Kremlin – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

However, there is no prospect of dialogue now, since kyiv abandoned negotiations months ago, Dmitry Peskov said.

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are necessary, but there are no signs that such a dialogue could resume in the near future, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. He also pointed out that kyiv backed off from talks with Moscow months ago.

Speaking to reporters, Peskov was asked whether Moscow believed talks with the Kyiv government were warranted under current conditions. The Kremlin spokesman reported that the dialogue is “of course necessary.”

And it is necessary to achieve our goals. But, as we have already said, we see no preconditions for the negotiation process,” he stated.

Peskov went on to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously explained that “Ukraine left the negotiations several months ago.” The Russian leader, he added, also recalled that various Kyiv officials had signaled that they “intend to solve their problems on the battlefield.

You know very well how our President reacted to this,” he said.

On Wednesday, Putin announced a partial mobilization during which 300,000 reservists will be called upon to take part in the conflict with Ukraine. The move came a day after the two Donbass republics and the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye and Kherson regions agreed to hold referendums from September 23-27 on whether to unite with Russia.

Russia has repeatedly said it is ready to talk to Ukraine, but insists it is not interested in “a meeting for the sake of the meeting.Moreover, earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow had never ruled out the idea of ​​peace talks, warning, however, that “the longer this process is delayed, the more difficult it will be to reach an agreement.”

Meanwhile, in late July, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said Kyiv refused to negotiate with Moscow, saying Russia would not stop until it had “broken.”

The last time Russia and Ukraine sat down at the negotiating table was at the end of March. At that time, the two sides were discussing a draft peace agreement that would have made Ukraine a neutral state in exchange for security guarantees given by major world powers. Later, however, kyiv ended the talks after accusing Russian troops of committing war crimes, an allegation Moscow has vehemently denied.

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