Russia ready to hold talks to end Ukraine war: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the West is trying to break Russia. 99.9% of Russians are ready to defend the Motherland. Kiev and the West have refused to negotiate, Putin has accused. Russia is ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the Ukraine war. But Kiev and its Western backers have refused to participate in the talks. The president of the country, Vladimir Putin, said these things in an interview given to Russian state-owned television on the occasion of Christmas on Sunday. – Reuters

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 of this year triggered the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II. The Russian attack sparked the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. So far, there are no signs of an end to this war. The Kremlin says the fighting will continue until all of Moscow’s goals in Kiev are achieved. Kyiv, on the other hand, has said that Ukraine will continue to fight until Russian troops are expelled from all areas of Ukraine seized in the ongoing war, including Crimea in 2014.

In an interview broadcast on Russian state television channel Rossiya-1 on Sunday, Putin said, ‘We are ready to negotiate with everyone involved in the war in Ukraine to find an acceptable solution. But it totally depends on them. We are not ruling out talks, they are.’ In an interview published this month, William Burns, the director of the US foreign intelligence agency, said that most conflicts end through negotiation. But he highlighted the CIA’s assessment that Russia was not yet “serious” about a real negotiation to end the war.

Putin says Russia is working ‘on the right track’ in Ukraine. Because the West, led by the United States, has tried to break Russia. Washington, however, has denied the allegations of a conspiracy to disintegrate Russia. He said, ‘I believe that we are working in the right direction. We are protecting our national interest, our citizens, our people. And we have no choice but to protect Russian citizens.’

Asked if the geopolitical conflict with the West had reached a dangerous level, Putin said, ‘I don’t think it has reached such a dangerous level.’ The Russian president said the West started the conflict in Ukraine by ousting a pro-Russian president in protest against the Maidan revolution in 2014. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine shortly after that revolution, and Russian-backed separatist forces began fighting Kiev’s armed forces in eastern Ukraine. Putin said, ‘In fact, the main issue here is the policy of our geopolitical adversaries; whose aim is to destroy Russia, historical Russia.’

In February, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to launch “special military operations” in Ukraine. Following his orders, thousands of Russian troops began military operations in Ukraine. Putin said the West has been trying to destroy Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. But Moscow stands against the Western bloc on the Ukraine issue. Ukraine and its Western allies say there is no justification for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as an imperialist-style war of occupation. Because this war is causing suffering and death across Ukraine.

Putin described Russia as a ‘unique country’, saying the vast majority of Russians wanted to protect the motherland. He said, ‘99.9 percent of our citizens, who are ready to give everything for the sake of motherland, are the main ones here. Nothing unusual for me here. And it reawakened my belief that Russia is a ‘unique country’ and we have an extraordinary people. This has been confirmed throughout the history of Russia’s existence.

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