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Ukraine undermined dialogue for years – Moscow

Russia’s foreign ministry says it speaks with even the most “aggressive” opponents.

When asked to comment on possible talks with Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday that Moscow is always ready for dialogue. Russia is speaking even with the most “aggressive” opponents, Maria Zakharova added while appearing on the show ‘Great Game’ on Channel One.

However, the main sticking point lies with Kiev’s position, she explained. “During the latest years, a chain of decisions they [Ukraine’s officials] undertook – seemingly justifying them with national interests – in fact, contradicted the very same interests,” Zakharova pointed out.

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According to the official, Washington has been advising Kiev not to engage in dialogue with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, center, attends an urgent meeting with senior officials after Russia announced a "special military operation," in Kiev, Ukraine, February 24, 2022.
Zelensky agreed to talks with Kremlin, venue being discussed – Kiev

On Friday, Moscow said that Ukraine had agreed to negotiate with Russia, but then “ghosted” them. “The Ukrainian side said it had reconsidered the idea of holding talks in Minsk, chose Warsaw instead, and then disappeared,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Putin announced the Russian operation in Ukraine on Thursday morning, insisting the mission was necessary to “demilitarize and denazify” the “regime” in Kiev. Earlier this week, he recognized the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, who then formally asked for help against Kiev’s “genocide.” 

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Ukraine has called the intervention unprovoked aggression and said it had no plans for a full-blown attack on the Donbass republics.

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