War in Ukraine, Putin: “Russia ready for negotiations, Kiev doesn’t want to”

The number 1 of the Kremlin: “They want to tear Russia apart.” The Ukrainian reply: “Go back to reality”

Russia is ready to negotiate to end the war, but Ukraine is not available. This is the picture that Russian President Vladimir Putin outlines in an interview with TV Rossiya 1. “We are acting in the right direction, we are protecting our national interests, the interests of our citizens, our people. And we simply have no other choice than to protect our citizens”, Putin’s words. “But we are ready to negotiate with all those involved in this process on some acceptable solutions: but we are not the ones to refuse negotiations, it is them”.

KIEV – The Ukrainian replica arrives shortly. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, tweeted that Putin “needs to get back to reality”. It is “obvious” that Russia “does not want negotiations, but tries to avoid responsibility”.

PUTIN AND ‘SPECIAL’ RUSSIA – Putin also expresses himself on the reaction of the Russian population to the ‘military operation’: the mobilization ordered by the Kremlin has prompted thousands of citizens to leave the country. “There is nothing surprising in the fact that someone did not behave like a true patriot, no. Because in any society there are always people who, first of all, think about their personal interests. To be honest, I don’t condemn them particularly: every person has the right to choose”, says the president, stating that “99.9% of our citizens are ready to offer everything in the interest of the fatherland. It is nothing new for me. But this is still a time convinces me that Russia is a special country and special people live here. The whole history of Russia confirms it and what happens today confirms it”.

In the big picture, “everything is based on the policy of our geopolitical adversaries, aimed at tearing Russia apart. ‘Divide and conquer’, they have always tried to do this and are trying to do it even now. But our goal is different: unite the Russian people”.