MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the war in Ukraine, but that Kyiv and its Western backers had refused to engage in talks.
Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine sparked Europe’s deadliest conflict since World War II and the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
There is, so far, little end in sight to the war.
The Kremlin says it will fight until all its goals are achieved while Kyiv says it will not rest until all Russian soldiers are expelled from all of its territory, including Crimea that the Russia annexed in 2014.
“We are ready to negotiate with everyone involved on acceptable solutions, but it depends on them – it’s not us who refuse to negotiate, it’s them,” Putin told state television Rossiya. 1 in an interview that aired on Sunday.
Putin said Russia was moving in the “right direction” in Ukraine because the West, led by the United States, was trying to separate Russia.
“I believe we are moving in the right direction, we are defending our national interests, the interests of our citizens, of our people. And we have no choice but to protect our citizens,” Putin said.

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