“Meet all demands”: Kremlin does not tolerate any compromise on peace

“Fulfill all requirements”
Kremlin will not tolerate compromise on peace

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine have been on hold since March. The Kremlin sets its terms for ending the war: the fulfillment of all its demands. These include recognizing the separatist areas and ceding Crimea. So far, Kyiv has ruled that out.

Four months after the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the Kremlin is standing by all its demands with a view to possible future negotiations. “As far as a peace plan is concerned, it is possible after Kyiv has met all the demands of the Russian side,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the Interfax agency.

Peskow did not name the demands in detail. “Ukraine knows them well,” he said simply. Moscow’s publicly expressed demands at the beginning of the war included recognizing the eastern Ukrainian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states and the annexed Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014 as Russian state territory. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently formulated the recapture of Crimea and the areas occupied since the end of February as one of Kiev’s explicit goals.

Active negotiations on a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv last took place in Istanbul at the end of March. Since then, both warring parties have only talked about partial solutions such as exchanging dead or prisoners of war – but not about ending the war. They blame each other for the pending negotiations.

The Ukrainian chief negotiator David Arakhamija announced last week that he would only resume peace negotiations with Moscow at the end of August after counterattacks had been carried out. By the end of August, Ukraine will have a better negotiating position, he said in an interview with Voice of America. “I think we will conduct an operation with counterattacks in different places,” Arachamija said without giving details.

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