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Date: 28 December 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński
No Peace Talks: Ukraine Presents 10-Point Peace Formula, Russia Delivers Ultimatum
Moscow is not ready to accept Kyiv’s terms for negotiations over Ukraine, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Russia is ready to discuss Ukraine in its absence, with just Western nations. As the Russian invasion of Ukraine is entering its twelfth month, Ukraine aims for a February peace summit to present a peace formula. Neither warring party is now seeking peace as Ukraine is willing to strengthen its negotiating position through battlefield gains and Russia is making no further concessions.
Ukraine’s foreign minister said that his government is aiming to have a peace summit by the end of February, preferably at the United Nations. But Dmytro Kuleba said that Russia could only be invited to such a summit if the country faced a war crimes tribunal first. At the Group of 20 summit in Bali in November, Zelensky presented a 10-point peace formula that includes the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops, the release of all prisoners, a tribunal for those responsible for the aggression and security guarantees for Ukraine. Other demands include radiation and nuclear safety, food security, energy security, restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity according to the UN Charter, and signing of a document to end the war. Moscow is not ready to accept Kyiv’s terms for negotiations over Ukraine, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Russia “never followed conditions set by others, only through its own and common sense,” he added. “Moscow’s proposals for “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine are well known to Kyiv,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding either Ukraine fulfills them for their own good or the Russian army will decide the issue. Vladimir Putin also claimed he was ready to negotiate, but with Western leaders, and not Ukraine. The key narrative of Russian disinformation was that Ukraine is a puppet in the hands of the United States and other Western nations. William Burns, the director of the CIA, said that Russia was not serious about conducting negotiations to end the war in Ukraine. His words were echoed by John Kirby, the spokesman of the National Security Council. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated that the timing and contents of any negotiation framework remain Ukraine’s decision. Ukraine is seeking to start peace talks with Russia after making some battlefield gains to force Moscow into a pile of concessions. Consequently, Ukraine is willing to strengthen its negotiating position through battlefield gains. The Kremlin will put off negotiations until its forces renew an assault on Ukraine, possibly in early spring.
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