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Russia’s top lawmaker states conditions for ending the military operation in Ukraine

“The campaign is going as planned. In my opinion, the campaign will end when the leadership Ukraine ready to negotiate,” RT (Russia) radio quoted Kartapolov in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency on June 1. The official said the situation on the ground had changed and Kiev’s forces were beginning to crack.

The above statement came just a day after the President of the Council of the Russian Federation (Russian Senate) Valentina Matviyenko said that the country is ready to negotiate and sign agreements towards peace with the Russian Federation. Ukraine.

After three months of conflict, Russia and Ukraine conducted many exchanges. Several meetings were held in Belarus and the parties then continued to negotiate online. The most recent face-to-face meeting took place in Istanbul on March 29. However, on April 12, President Vladimir Putin announced to the media that Kiev had moved away from previous agreements and brought the negotiation process to an impasse. On April 20, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow had sent Kiev a clear draft agreement and was waiting for a response.

For its part, Ukraine said it would not agree to a ceasefire with Russia if Moscow did not withdraw its troops, because Russia would control part of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine is ready to resume negotiations with Russia to end the conflict, only if the Russian military forces withdraw to their original positions before February 24 – the time before Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation, also dismissed the possibility that Ukraine would sign an agreement with Russia similar to the Minsk peace agreements, saying this would only lead to a temporary conflict. “frozen” not a lasting peace. Earlier, Mr. Podolyak said that the progress of negotiations within the framework of the delegations between Ukraine and Russia had stalled. However, the official also expressed confidence that peace talks will resume.

In the latest move, on May 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Moscow and Kiev to hold a new round of talks in Istanbul. He said the peace process appeared to have made some progress before it fell apart. President Erdogan also expressed that Turkey is ready to assume the role of a supervisor, if agreed in principle by both sides, and will work to promote dialogue between Russia and Ukraine with the support of the United Nations. .

On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, responding to the call of the leaders of the two self-proclaimed republics in Donbass. Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that Russia has no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory, but only to demilitarize and de-fascist Ukraine’s armed forces.

Meanwhile, the US and the West have imposed a series of sanctions against Moscow and continuously provided weapons to help Ukraine stop the Russian advance. US President Joe Biden on June 1 announced a new $700 million military aid package for Ukraine. This aid package includes highly mobile rocket artillery systems with a range of up to 80km.

Moscow has urged Washington not to take such a provocative step, which would only escalate the conflict further. It noted that Washington is becoming more and more involved in the conflict, which could have “unpredictable consequences for global security”. At the same time, officials declared Western weapons stockpiles in Ukraine a “legitimate target” of Russian forces.

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