Putin says Russia is willing to negotiate over Ukraine

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Putin says Russia is willing to negotiate over Ukraine

Russia is ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the war in Ukraine, but Kiev and its Western backers have refused to engage in talks, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has triggered the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II and the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

At the moment, there is no end in sight to the war.

The Kremlin says it will fight until it achieves all its goals, while Kiev says it will not rest until it expels all Russian soldiers from all its territory, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

“We are willing to negotiate acceptable solutions with all involved, but that depends on them; it’s not us who refuse to negotiate, it’s them,” Putin told Rossiya 1 state television in the interview.

CIA Director William Burns said in an interview published this month that while most conflicts end in negotiation, the CIA’s assessment was that Russia was not yet serious about a real negotiation to end the war.

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Putin had to come back to reality and acknowledge that it was Russia that did not want any negotiations.

“Russia attacked Ukraine alone and is killing citizens,” Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). “Russia doesn’t want negotiations, but it tries to shirk its responsibility.”

“THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE”

Putin said Russia was moving in the “right direction” in Ukraine because the West, led by the United States, was trying to divide Russia. Washington denies plotting Russia’s collapse.

“I think we are acting in the right direction, we are defending our national interests, the interests of our citizens, of our people. And we have no choice but to protect our citizens,” Putin said.

Asked whether the geopolitical conflict with the West was approaching a dangerous level, Putin replied: “I don’t think it’s that dangerous.”

Putin said the West had started the conflict in Ukraine in 2014 by ousting a pro-Russian president in the Maidan Revolution protests.

Shortly after that revolution, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and Russian-backed separatist forces began fighting Ukrainian armed forces in eastern Ukraine.

“Actually, the fundamental thing here is the policy of our geopolitical adversaries, whose goal is to separate Russia, historical Russia,” Putin said.

Putin sees what he calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine as a watershed moment when Moscow has finally confronted a Western bloc that he says has been trying to destroy Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Ukraine and the West say Putin has no justification for what they see as an imperial-style war of occupation that has sown suffering and death across Ukraine.

Putin described Russia as a “unique country” and said the vast majority of his people were united in their desire to defend it.

“As for the main part – 99.9% of our citizens, our people who are willing to give everything for the interests of the Motherland – there is nothing strange for me here,” Putin said.

“This convinces me once again that Russia is a unique country and that we have an exceptional people. This has been confirmed throughout the history of Russia’s existence.”

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