Russia is ready to discuss a ceasefire in negotiations with Ukraine, said the head of the Russian delegation, aide to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky.
“At the second round of Russian-Ukrainian talks, among other things, a ceasefire will be discussed,” Medinsky was quoted by RBC as saying. The demand for a ceasefire was put forward by Ukraine as a condition for the continuation of negotiations.
Earlier, the Russian side announced that new negotiations should take place on March 2 “towards evening”, later it became known that they would begin on the morning of March 3.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov formulated Russia’s negotiating position as follows:
Occupied Ukrainian Crimea is part of Russia; Recognition by Ukraine of the “independence” of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions; Demilitarization, the parameters of which are to be agreed upon; Denazification – by analogy with Germany in the past.
Russia is also ready to discuss the issue of security guarantees.
It is already clear that Ukraine will not agree to these conditions, moreover, Zelensky and his entourage make statements that “the aggressor is almost defeated and we will soon win.”
The head of the National Security and Defense Council, Danilov, said: “The enemies do not understand where they are and are disoriented. Frightened and without fuel. They only want to get home.”