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Putin demands recognition of Crimea and demilitarization of Ukraine to end the war

Putin demands recognition of Crimea and demilitarization of Ukraine to end the war

Putin called for “the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea and the demilitarization and ‘denazification’ of the Ukrainian state and the promise of its neutral status” as preliminary conditions for a resolution of the conflict, the Kremlin said in a statement after a telephone conversation between both leaders.

The Russian president stressed that the resolution of the conflict “was possible only if the legitimate security interests of Russia were taken into account without condition,” according to the Kremlin.

“The Russian side is open to negotiations with representatives of Ukraine and hopes that they will lead to the expected results,” the Russian presidency assured.

Macron and Putin were referring to the negotiations between Kiev and Moscow that took place on Monday in Belarus.

Before they began, the Kremlin had said it did not want to “announce” its position and Ukraine called for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.

The negotiations took place as the Russian offensive, launched on February 24, faces resistance from the Ukrainian army. The Russian economy is also suffering from a barrage of sanctions as a result of the invasion.

Source: Ambito

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