Sources Kiev: “No pressure from foreign allies”
Russia has never refused to negotiate with Ukraine and is still ready to start talks “taking into account the emerging realities at the moment”. This was stated by the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.
Meanwhile, senior Ukrainian government sources and Ukrainian diplomatic circles have denied that there is pressure from foreign allies to push Kiev to open negotiations with Moscow. “They are not pushing us to open negotiations, they are simply saying ‘it is better not to reject the Russians so categorically’ in order to reassure the Europeans,” writes Ukrainska Pravda, quoting a government source. The diplomatic circles contacted by Ukrainska Pravda also denied pressure from Western partners to open negotiations with Moscow. “Nothing serious is happening at the moment. There are very vague conversations about how to proceed,” a source involved in international negotiations told the site. Currently, it says, there is no preparatory work in view of possible negotiations with Moscow.
In recent days, the American media had written that the Biden administration had put pressure on Kiev to stop saying it would reject any negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said yesterday that Moscow does not set any preconditions for negotiations with Kiev. But the Ukrainians believe it is a propaganda move.