Russian leader declared during regional summit in Kyrgyzstan that he is open to dialogue, however, he says he has doubts about the trust that Moscow can place in his interlocutors
Vladimir Putin said he was always ready to talk to Ukraine about a deal to end the war.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putinstated that an agreement with Ukraine to put an end to the war, and says it is ready to start negotiations. “In the end, you have to come to an agreement. I have already said several times that we are prepared for these agreements, that we are open, but this forces us to reflect on who we are dealing with”, declared the Russian president, on the sidelines of a regional summit in Kyrgyzstan this Friday, 9. Putin reacted recent statements by the former head of the German government Angela Merkel. According to her, the Minsk Agreement, signed in 2014 between Moscow and Kiev, gave Ukraine time to strengthen, in the event of a conflict with Russia. Without that deal, Putin “could have easily crushed” Ukraine in 2015, the former foreign minister told Die Zeit. “That obviously raises the issue of trust. And trust is almost zero. And, after such statements, the question is, of course, this: how can we reach an agreement? And can we come to terms with someone? And with what guarantees? “Perhaps we should have started all this before the offensive in Ukraine. But in fact, we were counting on the possibility of reaching an agreement within the framework of the Minsk Accords,” Putin added.
*With information from AFP
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