Kremlin dismisses end result of Ukraine talks held with out Russia | EUROtoday

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Russia mentioned on Monday {that a} Swiss-hosted convention on the Ukraine conflict had produced negligible outcomes and confirmed the futility of holding talks with out Moscow.

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The Kremlin was commenting on a weekend summit the place Western powers and their allies denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine however failed to influence main non-aligned states to hitch their closing assertion.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the outcomes of the assembly, to which Russia was not invited, have been “close to zero”.

At a every day briefing with reporters, Peskov was requested if the truth that international locations similar to Hungary, Serbia and Turkey had taken half within the assembly and signed the assertion would spoil Russia’s relations with them.

“No, it won’t spoil them. We will, of course, take into account the position that these countries have taken, this is important to us and we will continue to explain our reasoning to them,” Peskov mentioned.

“Many of them, and this was a common point of view on this event, confirmed their understanding of the absence of prospects for any serious, substantive discussions without the presence of our country…If we talk about the overall effectiveness of this meeting, it is close to zero.”

President Vladimir Putin mentioned final week that Russia was prepared to finish the conflict, however he set out situations for Ukraine – renouncing its NATO ambitions and withdrawing troops from 4 areas claimed by Russia — that Kyiv rejected as tantamount to capitulation.

“Of course we… perceive completely {that a} time will come when it is going to be mandatory to speak to Russia,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. “But our position is very clear: We will not allow Russia to speak in the language of ultimatums like it is speaking now.”

Peskov said that what he called Putin’s peace initiative remained on the agenda, and reaffirmed Moscow’s position that it was open to dialogue.

State news agency TASS quoted Russian foreign intelligence chief Sergei Naryshkin as saying on Monday that if Putin’s conditions were rejected, they would be replaced by new and tougher terms.

Well into the war’s third year, Russia controls nearly a fifth of Ukraine and has advanced gradually on several fronts since February.

More than 90 countries attended the two-day talks in Switzerland. But a decision by China to stay away all but assured that the summit would fail to achieve Ukraine’s goal of persuading major countries from the  “global South”  to join in isolating Russia.

The summit’s closing declaration known as for Ukraine’s management over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and its Azov Sea ports to be restored.

But consistent with the convention’s extra modest said goals, it omitted harder problems with what a post-war settlement for Ukraine may seem like, whether or not Ukraine may be a part of the NATO alliance or how troop withdrawals from each side may work.