Dmitry Peskov, the Spokesperson for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the main goal of the war against Ukraine is not its occupation, but "liberation", "clearing from the Nazis", and "demilitarization".
Highlights from Peskov's briefing:
- The RF is ready for a dialogue with Ukraine However, there is a condition—Kyiv must be ready to communicate on the issues raised by Russia. In particular, this refers to the "neutral status" of Ukraine and the refusal to deploy weapons on its territory,
- The Kremlin explained that the demilitarization of Ukraine means the neutralization of its military potential, the build-up of which was fostered by the West;
- Moscow is aware of the scope of the world powers' response to its aggression. Peskov noted that the Russian Federation took all measures to ensure that the impact of sanctions on the economy was as short as possible. The Kremlin stressed that Russia could not be put behind the "iron curtain";
- Putin will decide how long the combat activity in Ukraine will continue. Peskov stressed that he was not aware of the possibility of stopping the operation "to protect Donbas",
- Putin's spokesperson ignored the question of whether the country's authorities should change as a result of the war against Ukraine.