Russia is ready to send a delegation to negotiations with Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's proposals to discuss the country's neutral status. It was proposed to use the Minsk platform for negotiations. The Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov announced this to the journalists, Interfax (IF) agency reports.
"As is known, today the President of Ukraine Zelenskyy announced his readiness to discuss the neutral status of Ukraine. Initially, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the purpose of the operation (Russia in Donbas—IF) is to help the LPR and DPR, including through the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. And this, in fact, is an integral component of the neutral status," Peskov noted.
"In this context, in response to Zelenskyy’s proposal, Vladimir Putin is ready to send a Russian delegation to Minsk at the level of representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the presidential administration for negotiations with the Ukrainian delegation," the presidential press secretary reported.
Earlier on Friday, Zelenskyy addressed a proposal to Putin to sit down at the negotiating table to end hostilities in Ukraine.
Context. On February 24 at 4 am, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine. The reason was the appeal of the leaders of the so-called LDNR Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, in which they requested him to protect them from "military aggression" from the Ukrainian state.
After Putin officially declared a war at 5 am, the Russian army began shelling Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Odesa, Mariupol, Dnipro and others.