Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has offered to engage in peace negotiations with Ukraine in an effort to end the ongoing conflict. However, this offer is conditional on Ukraine accepting the “new territorial realities” in the Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions, which Russia has claimed as its own, but does not fully control.
In a statement, the Kremlin said that Putin confirmed Russia’s willingness to engage in serious dialogue, but emphasized the “destructive role” of Western countries in providing military support and operational information to Ukraine. This is not the first time Putin has offered peace talks under these conditions.
In a Christmas Day interview, he stated that Russia is “prepared to negotiate some acceptable outcomes.” The leaders also discussed the implementation of a grain deal brokered by the UN and Turkey to unblock Ukrainian grain exports, as well as the removal of barriers to Russian exports.