Despite the spin from Reuters, the repeated expression of a willingness to negotiate is absolutely NOT NEW. I’ve read these types of statements over and over and over again. It has been the US, the EU and Zelensky that have shown an absolute unwillingness to sit down and talk.
LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Thursday that the goals of Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine were unchanged, but that they could be achieved through negotiations.
“The direction has not changed, the special military operation continues, it continues in order for us to achieve our goals,” Peskov was quoted as saying. “However, we have repeatedly reiterated that we remain open to negotiations to achieve our objectives.”
Peskov added, however, that he did not see any prospects for talks with the West in the near future because of its “hostile” attitude towards Russia.
“It takes two sides to have a dialogue. As the West is now taking a very, very hostile stance towards us, it’s unlikely that there will be any such prospect in the near future,” – Peskov told Kazakhstan’s Khabar 24 TV channel, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
“Nevertheless, Turkey, as well as a number of other countries, continue to try to mediate in some way.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow was open to talks with the West, but the United States dismissed the statement as “posturing”.
Lavrov returned to the issue on Thursday, telling Izvestia: “We won’t run after anyone. If there are specific serious proposals, we’re ready to consider them.”
He added: “When we get some sort of signal, we will be ready to consider it.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ruled out talking to President Vladimir Putin
YES, he has! As was previously mentioned here.
The agreement helped stave off a global food crisis (allegedly but not assuredly)
Moscow has submitted concerns to the United Nations about an agreement on Black Sea grain exports, and is prepared to reject renewing the deal next month
The agreement, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July, paved the way for Ukraine to resume grain exports from Black Sea ports
Moscow has repeatedly complained about its implementation, arguing it still faces difficulty selling fertiliser and food.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said Moscow had delivered a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday setting out a list of complaints. U.N. officials are due in Moscow on Sunday to discuss the renewal of the agreement.
“If we see nothing is happening on the Russian side of the deal – export of Russian grains and fertilisers – then excuse us, we will have to look at it in a different way,” he said.
Asked if Russia might withhold support for the grains deal’s renewal over the concerns, he said: “There is a possibility…We are not against deliveries of grains but this deal should be equal, it should be fair and fairly implemented by all sides.”
Is this a coup in motion backed and incited by the bankers
The British government has come under varying degrees of veiled criticism from the world’s financial leaders over its disputed mini-budget proposal.
The jibes — some direct, some more muted — came as they gathered in Washington for the autumn meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the G20’s top finance ministers and central bankers.
On Thursday, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva called for “policy coherence” in response to a reporter’s question about the UK.
Do some parties want another government in place?