As fighting continued between Russian and Ukrainian forces for the third month in a row, Russia considered that reaching a solution was not in the interest of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said today, Tuesday, that Zelensky will do everything necessary to prolong the war and delude the international community that his country is being subjected to genocide, as he put it.
‘He will keep begging’
He also considered that the Ukrainian president does not need any peace treaty, because peace for him is the end. “According to what was reported by Sputnik Agency.
Medvedev, who served as president from 2008 to 2012, noted that Zelensky “will continue to beg for money and weapons from the West, to prove that he is at the heart of the game, that he is the hope of the liberal world and that he is the last bastion of European democracy.”
From the Ukraine-Russia negotiations that took place in Istanbul on March 29 (The Associated Press)
obstruction of negotiations
The Ukrainian president had blamed the Russian side for obstructing the negotiations between the two countries to reach a solution to end the conflict, and said in an interview with Al-Arabiya yesterday, “When the master of the Kremlin becomes ready to meet us, we are ready.”
He also considered that the Russian negotiating delegation does not have the authority to take important and fateful decisions, reiterating his demand to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin face to face.
It is noteworthy that since last February, the two sides held several negotiating rounds, either directly or via the Internet, but none of them led to results so far, in light of the two sides’ adherence to their demands.
While Moscow adheres to the issue of Ukraine’s neutrality, the latter asserts that this file is subject to negotiation, provided that Western security guarantees are obtained from a specific country.
The recent military developments on the ground have hampered and sometimes stopped these negotiating rounds, especially after the accelerated operations in Mariupol and the east of the country.