In a statement on television after his visit to Iran, Vladimir Putin announced that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had offered to mediate between Moscow and Kyiv.
The Ukrainian government did not immediately react to the Russian president’s remarks.
When asked about a possible meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelensky, Vladimir Putin mentioned that kyiv had not complied with the terms of a preliminary peace agreement which he said had been
almost reached in March, without however providing further details.
The result obviously depends on the willingness of the parties to implement the agreements that have been reached. We see today that this is not the will of the power in place in kyivsaid Vladimir Putin.
During the month of March, a series of meetings took place between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations. After a rocky start, the talks appeared to be moving forward, according to both sides.
These discussions eventually led to a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in Istanbul thanks to the mediation of Turkey.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoglu maintained contact with both sides after the meeting in Turkey and assured that they were close to an agreement.
The Turkish authorities had indicated that the discussions focused on Ukraine’s neutrality, disarmament and security guarantees,
denazificationthe removal of obstacles to the use of the Russian language in Ukraine, the status of the separatist region of Donbass and the status of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.
Since then, no meeting has taken place and negotiation has given way to war.
Moscow accuses West of obstructing peace talks
During an interview with the Secretary General of theUNAntonio Gutteres, in April in Moscow, President Putin declared that the talks had allowed a “serious progress”.
Also in April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov accused the West of seeking to derail talks by accusing Russia of
Last June, after announcements of US arms deliveries to Ukraine, Moscow accused Washington of “pouring oil on the fire”. According to the Kremlin,
arms deliveries do not encourage Ukrainian leaders to want to restart peace negotiations.
On July 8, Minister Lavrov said in a press release that Western countries were not allowing Ukraine to engage in a peace process.