The Kremlin noted on Friday willingness of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss a possible promise of neutrality from Ukraine, but said he could not say anything about possible talks between the two countries’ leaders.
“This is a new statement. We have noted it. It seems to be a positive development,” he said, referring to comments made by Zelensky in the early hours of Thursday.
Peshkov said he could not comment on whether talks between Putin and Zelensky would take place.
Saying that Moscow would analyze Zelensky’s offer, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov added that Moscow’s expectations for Kiev remained unchanged. Moscow has long called for guarantees that Ukraine will never join NATO or allow the bloc to deploy troops and weapons on its territory.
Dmitry Peshkov declined to comment on possible punitive measures against President Vladimir Putin himself. He said Russia had deliberately reduced its dependence on foreign imports to protect itself from sanctions.
“The main goal … was to ensure full self-sufficiency and full substitution of imports if needed,” Peshkov said. “To a large extent this goal has been achieved.”
“Undoubtedly there will be problems, but they will not be insurmountable.”