Putin issues cynical statement on talks with Ukraine and talks about "security guarantees"

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Putin pretends that Russia is ready for a dialogue to end the war. Source: RosZmі

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has once again tried to shift the blame for the failure of the 2022 peace talks to Ukraine. He cynically claimed that Russia had never refused to negotiate and had even fulfilled the "necessary conditions."

Putin said this in an interview with the Chinese news agency Xinhua. The text of the interview was published on the Kremlin's website and disseminated by Russian propaganda media.

"Our Western partners convinced us that conditions must be created for the finalization and signing of this agreement. And the main thing is to withdraw Russian troops from the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv. We did that. However, instead of signing a peace agreement, the Ukrainian side unexpectedly announced the termination of negotiations. As Ukrainian officials later stated, this was also because their Western allies recommended that they continue fighting and, together with them, achieve Russia's strategic defeat," the Kremlin leader said.

Putin did not stop there and said that Russia allegedly wants "a comprehensive, sustainable and fair settlement of this conflict by peaceful means" and is ready for a dialogue "on Ukraine." At the same time, he said, the negotiations should take into account the interests of all countries involved in the conflict. It is about global stability, about security guarantees "for both the opposing side" and for the Russian Federation itself.

"The main problem is the reliability of any guarantees because we are dealing with states whose ruling circles prefer a world order not based on international law, but on a 'rule-based order' that they constantly talk about, but which no one has seen, with which no one has agreed, and which change depending on the current political situation and the interests of those who invent them," the dictator said, once again criticizing the West.

In his opinion, democratic Western states are allegedly trying to "impose an order based on lies and hypocrisy, on mythical rules invented by someone unknown." Russia "rejects these attempts," Putin said.

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