During the talks, Putin told Macron that the goals of Russia`s operation in Ukraine – its demilitarisation and neutral status – will be achieved in any case, the Kremlin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday held 90-minute long French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. During the talks, Putin told Macron that the goals of Russia`s operation in Ukraine – its demilitarisation and neutral status – will be achieved in any case, the Kremlin said. Putin said that any attempts by Kyiv to delay negotiations would results in Moscow adding more items to its list of demands.
In a statement issued after the French and Russian presidents spoke by phone, the Kremlin made clear its goals included the demilitarisation and neutrality of Ukraine. Any attempts by Kyiv to delay negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian officials would result in Moscow adding more items to a list of demands it has already set out, it said.Vladimir Putin outlined in detail the fundamental approaches and conditions in the context of negotiations with representatives of Kyiv. It was confirmed that, first of all, we are talking about the demilitarisation and neutral status of Ukraine, so that a threat to the Russian Federation will never emanate from its territory,” the statement said.
“It was emphasised that the tasks of the special military operation will be fulfilled in any event, and attempts to gain time by dragging out negotiations will only lead to additional demands on Kiev in our negotiating position.”The statement said Russia`s “special operation” in Ukraine was going “according to plan”. It said reports that Russian forces were bombarding Kyiv were part of an “anti-Russia disinformation campaign”, and that Russian forces were doing all they could to protect civilians.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is not designed to occupy territory but to destroy its southern neighbour`s military capabilities and capture what it regards as dangerous nationalists.