Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Russian presidency, stated that Moscow currently sees “no basis, even if it is weak or fragile,” for establishing a dialogue with Kyiv.
During a press briefing for one of Russia’s official stations, Peskov explained, “In fact, there are no preconditions for agreements at the moment. Furthermore, there is no basis currently, even if it is weak or fragile, for building any kind of dialogue, at least.”
Peskov emphasized, “We observe an unwillingness and unreadiness from Kyiv’s regime, and we see that those who run it do not allow for negotiation. Hence, there are no preconditions for negotiation at present.”
Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Alexey Reznikov, has openly stated that Kyiv sees no merit in mediation for negotiations with Moscow. He said, “We already see a line of people eager to mediate between us. In reality, everyone has been informed that if the conversation involves mediation or facilitating negotiations, the simplest rules are first: understanding the interests of both parties.”
Repeatedly, Moscow has indicated its willingness for negotiations, yet Kyiv has legally imposed a ban on these talks. Previously, Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, before the G20 group, stated that there will be “no Minsk 3.” Such words, according to the official Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, “fully affirm” Kyiv’s position of not wanting to negotiate.