"Thrown into the dustbin of history": Putin complains to African delegation that Ukraine and the West ignore Russia's "peace plan". Video.
On Saturday, 17 June, after a visit to Kyiv, a delegation of African leaders arrived in St Petersburg to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, the dictator accused Ukraine and the West of allegedly ignoring Russia's "peace plan".
He said that his ideas had been "thrown into the dustbin of history". According to the leader of the aggressor country, certain agreements were concluded between Ukraine and Russia in Turkey. Russia allegedly fulfilled its part of the deal and withdrew its troops (to watch the video, scroll to the end).
"But after we withdrew our troops from Kyiv, as we promised, the Kyiv authorities, as their masters usually do, threw it all into the dustbin of history," Putin said.
The Russian president showed the African leaders some documents and spoke about 18 articles, claiming that the draft treaty between Ukraine and Russia even bore the signature of the head of the Ukrainian delegation.
"It's called the Treaty on Permanent Neutrality and Security Assurances for Ukraine. It is about the guarantees you mentioned, dear friend. It has 18 articles, moreover, there is an annex to it," the dictator said.
It is known that during the meeting, the President of Senegal stated that the condition for dialogue between Russia and Ukraine is compliance with the UN Charter. Putin, on the other hand, used the mention of the UN to try to justify Russia's recognition of the LDPR.
"According to Article 51 of the UN Charter, we had the right to provide them (the pseudo-republics - Ed.) with assistance, referring to the self-defence clause. Dear colleagues, this logic, which was set out, in my opinion, and the opinion of my colleagues and experts, is impeccable from the point of view of international law and the UN Charter. These territories had the right to declare their independence. So, we had the right to recognise them. We did so. And then, having signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation with them, we had the right to provide them with this assistance in full compliance with the UN Charter," Putin said.
The Russian dictator once again cynically claimed that it was Ukraine that allegedly started the war in 2014. In addition, he lied to African leaders that Russia had allegedly taken children out of Ukraine legally, and that "there have never been any obstacles to reunification with their families".
The meeting between the African representatives and Putin took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace. African leaders did not pass on a message from Vladimir Zelensky to Putin, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
And South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that Africa would like to see de-escalation from both Russia and Ukraine. At the same time, the Kremlin described the African initiative to establish peace in Ukraine as difficult to implement, but "Putin has shown interest," Peskov said.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Vladimir Putin lied that the Minsk agreements were not being fulfilled by Ukraine. The dictator complained that his "partners" and Ukraine's fifth president, Petro Poroshenko, allegedly led him by the nose, cynically "forgetting" that it was the Russian occupiers who violated the agreements.