Russia sends ‘draft documents’ of peace proposal to Ukraine
Published: 08:36 PM, 21 April 2022
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin; Photo: Collected
Russia has signaled an end to the war in Ukraine. Moscow has sent a “draft document” to Kyiv to make the peace talks fruitful.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed the matter on Wednesday (April 20th).
“The ball is in their court. We are waiting for the answer. However, they are less interested in speeding up the negotiation process,” Peskov told reporters.
Peskov has accused Ukraine of constantly reneging on its promises and changing its position. Kremlin spokesman Peskov also said the “lack of consistency” on the part of Ukraine in the negotiations was having dire consequences for the talks to take effect.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the same thing as Peskov. She says Moscow has “lost confidence” in Ukrainian negotiators. At the time, he was referring to a Russian proverb that said, “Believe, but verify”.
“We haven’t trusted these people for a long time,” Maria Zakharova said, downplaying the proverb. “So it’s just a matter of verification.”
Zakharova added that the Ukrainian government was not acting “independently” but was being controlled from outside. She called Kyiv’s position in the talks a joke, saying “the Ukrainian authorities are not in a position to do so.”
Zakharova claims that taking part in the Ukraine talks is nothing more than a ploy to divert attention.
Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24. Representatives of the two countries met for the first time in the Gomel region of Belarus on February 28, four days after the start of the campaign. Since then, there have been meetings between the two sides online and face-to-face. The last meeting was held on March 29.
On April 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin said talks had “stalled”. He said Russia’s main demands were recognition of Crimea as Russian territory and Donbas as two republics. However, Ukraine has rejected the offer.
Noted that in 2014, Russia occupied the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. Russia launched the attack in Ukraine just days after the two self-proclaimed republics of the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and the Donetsk Republic, were declared independent states.