Moscow requires Ukraine’s ‘neutrality,’ refusal to join NATO and EU as part of its prerequisites to commence talks, says official
Russia said Wednesday that Ukraine must be “neutral” and refuse to join NATO and the European Union in order to begin peace talks on the war.
“We need a neutral and non-bloc status of Ukraine, its refusal to join NATO and the EU and confirmation of Ukraine’s nuclear-free status as well as recognition by Kyiv and the international community of new territorial realities,” Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said in an interview with Russian news network RTVI.
Galuzin said that Moscow believes a “comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in Ukraine and Europe” is possible once clashes between Russian and Ukrainian troops end, in addition to the supply of weapons by Western countries.
He said Ukraine has refused to consider a diplomatic settlement to the war and there have not been “significant changes” in Kyiv’s position as it “continues “to rely on a military solution to the conflict.”
“It seems that much will depend on how quickly Kyiv and the West realize that the recipe for a peaceful future for Ukraine lies in a return to the origins of its statehood recorded in the 1990 Declaration on State Sovereignty, which provides for a neutral, non-bloc status of Ukraine with respect for the rights of the Russian population of the country and its national minorities,” he said.
Galuzin also said that Russia “will not tolerate the existence of an openly anti-Russian state” on its borders, adding the main obstacle to reaching an agreement on establishing a security zone around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant “remains the position of Ukraine.”
– Situation in Transnistria ‘really difficult’
Galuzin said the situation in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria is currently “really difficult.”
“Russia and our peacekeepers on the Dnister (River) will do everything in their power to prevent escalation in the region. I hope that the hotheads will have enough common sense so that events do not develop according to a negative scenario,” he said.
He said Russia will continue its efforts to find a settlement with regards to Transnistria in the 5 2 format as “a guarantor and mediator,” adding that claims regarding Russia’s intention to “intervene” in the internal affairs of Moldova are “fake” and have been “put onstream by the West.”
“Unlike the West, Russia respects the sovereignty of other states and does not interfere in their internal affairs. We are interested in good neighborly relations with Chisinau. We stand for a constructive and mutually respectful dialogue,” he added.
Transnistria is an unrecognized breakaway region internationally recognized as part of Moldova but is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
– Position on developments in Georgia, Armenia
In response to a question on the recent protests in Georgia, Galuzin said that Moscow sees “the desire of the West…to shake up the situation” in the country to divert Tbilisi towards more active support for Ukraine while also breaking ties with Russia.
He said that despite the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries, relations in the trade and economic sectors are developing and that the normalization of relations between Russia and Georgia would “fully meet the interests of the peoples” of both countries.
Earlier this month, the Georgian parliament’s approval of a draft law on “transparency of foreign influence” in its first reading led to demonstrations in the capital Tbilisi. The draft law was later rejected in a second reading.
Galuzin also commented on the topic of dialogue with Armenia within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), saying issues in this regard “will be resolved in a constructive and mutually beneficial manner.”
“For our part, we reaffirm our readiness to implement plans to deploy a CSTO mission on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in the interests of ensuring the security of Armenia as well as other assistance measures laid down in the relevant draft decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council,” he said.
Since Dec. 12, Azerbaijani ecologists representing nongovernmental organizations had been protesting Armenia’s illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Karabakh region, where Russian peacekeepers have been stationed since the end of the fall 2020 conflict and a January 2021 pact with Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
In the fall of 2020, in 44 days of clashes, Azerbaijan liberated several cities, villages and settlements from Armenian occupation. The Russian-brokered peace agreement is celebrated as a triumph in Azerbaijan.
“We need a neutral and non-bloc status of Ukraine, its refusal to join NATO and the EU and confirmation of Ukraine’s nuclear-free status as well as recognition by Kyiv and the international community of new territorial realities,”
“Unlike the West, Russia respects the sovereignty of other states and does not interfere in their internal affairs.”
This nazi contradicts himself too much. What Ukraine and the West needs, is for russia to be denazified, and scum like this, swinging from a tree, alongside the other nazis in the Kremlin.
This does not sound like a negotiating position at all. Even if Ukraine was to accept its demands, it would be the end of Ukraine because of course the nazi regime would pause, regroup and attack again in even bigger numbers. They have to be defeated now. I’m tempted to say: it’s now or never.
You might have noticed that the SNP has elected a new leader and First Minister: Humza Haroon Yousaf, which is a bit like Pakistan electing Jock McTavish as president.
I don’t know anything about this Yousaf guy other than that he was recently introduced to a group of Ukrainian women refugees accepted by Scotland. His first question was : “and where are your men?”
“Galuzin also said that Russia “will not tolerate the existence of an openly anti-Russian state” on its borders”
Uh, sir, have you seen a map of ruzzia’s neighbors? I don’t even think the Norks like you nazis…
Who made them anti-russian? Invading, committing genocide and destroying everything in sight, certainly helped to make Ukraine anti-russian.
I guess they thought Ukrainians would enjoy watching their country burn. I’d bet RT had something to do with that…
This nazi horseshit may not be entirely coincidental with Trump’s latest outburst of kremkrapp; published by veth earlier:
This Galuzin announcement is part of the putler “forever war” strategy. It really ought to spur on the allies to finish off the putinazi invasion this year, but probably won’t.
Yet again it is shown that the only viable “negotiations” with putlerstan take place on the battlefield.
What a horrible, evil neighbour Ukraine has. RuZZia is a cancerous, puss-filled nazi boil on the entire world that needs to be lanced and cauterised.
The Kremlin has put Hungary on the list of ‘ unfriendly countries’.
Did they aoprove Finland into Nato? That would explain it.
Germany should really provide more tanks. They don’t need them for defense of Germany.
France should give planes. It’ll be good for their defense industry.
Why would parts of Ukraine want to join Muscovy if Ukraine would stay out of Nato and the EU anyway? This makes no sense. In case Ukraine can’t win the occupied territories back, they can only be surrendered in exchange for Nato protection for the remaining free part of Ukraine. Meanwhile the ukrainian air force said the czech and polish MIGs are almost useless against RuSSia, they need 4th generation planes like the F-16. All this doesn’t sound good. Need a drink.
The only thing Russians should have a say on is whether the entire Russian population will be slowly tortured and then killed with chainsaws made by either Husqvarna or Makita.
I would be so kind to let them choose.
Or if this seems a little bit too cruel, which I can hardly understand but okay, they can choose the colours of the inner walls of the gas chambers we will send all Russians to.
They can choose between black and dark grey.
I hope you won’t accuse me of being pro-Russian or too empathic, because I think they really don’t deserve have ANYTHING to say.
I agree with Putin.
I think Ukraine shouldn’t be able to join NATO or the EU.
NATO and the EU should be joining Ukraine.
So, Putin is still not ready for peace.
“Russia sets conditions for peace talks with Ukraine”
A loser doesn’t get to set conditions.