Moscow on Sunday accused Western countries of preventing peace talks between Russia and Ukraine because their aim is to prolong the war.
“Now is the time when Western governments are betting everything on continuing the war,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state television. Under the leadership of the US, he stressed, the West does not allow the Ukrainians to either “think about peace”, nor “talk about it”, nor “discuss” with the Russian side. He was referring to statements by Western politicians who said they did not want to put any pressure on the Ukrainian government regarding peace talks.
However, the moment to hold negotiations will come, added the representative of the Russian presidency. Mr Peskov reiterated that for peace to be restored, Kyiv would need to accept Moscow’s demands — which, among other things, include recognizing Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula since 2014, and also recognizing of the secession of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The Ukrainian government rejects these demands.