Russia responded with an `ultimatum`, stating the conditions for negotiations with Ukraine
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Russia responded with an `ultimatum`, stating the conditions for negotiations with Ukraine

(Dan Tri) – Russia criticized the `ultimatum` of Ukraine and the West on resolving the conflict, saying that the peace conference in Switzerland will not bring results.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Photo: Sputnik).

`First of all, they (Switzerland) did not invite us. They stated outright that they needed to ‘issue a collective ultimatum’ to Russia first. That would eliminate any chance of success for this effort

Mr. Lavrov also affirmed that countries giving Russia ultimatums will not bring results.

`This path will not lead to any results. Any normal political observer sees it as obvious. Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again made clear our position

According to him, Russia does not see any desire on the part of Kiev or the West to conduct negotiations `fairly`.

`Instead of direct dialogue without any ultimatums, the West is imposing the so-called Copenhagen process, planning to hold a conference in Switzerland where they want to build and perfect the

Previously, Swiss President Viola Amherd announced that the country would host a Ukrainian peace conference in June in the Burgenstock area.

The conference aims to create a favorable framework for a comprehensive and lasting peace in Ukraine, as well as a specific roadmap for Russia’s participation in the peace process.

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis revealed that the conference was held at the request of the President of Ukraine and based on the 10-point `peace formula` proposed by the Ukrainian leader.

The Russian Embassy in Bern confirmed that `Swiss authorities have not sent an invitation to Russia to attend the conference in Burgenstock`.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, negotiations on Ukraine without Russia’s participation are meaningless.

Mr. Peskov also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his willingness to dialogue with Ukraine if negotiations can be based on the draft agreement that the parties reached in Istanbul, Türkiye in March 2022.

`This (the two sides returning to negotiations) can only be done in the form of dialogue, readiness for dialogue. Our readiness to negotiate has been confirmed by the president (Vladimir Putin). According to regulations,

During a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on April 11, President Putin recalled that during the negotiations in Istanbul in March 2022, the Ukrainian delegation initially agreed to some of Russia’s terms.

Foreign Minister Lavrov also said that the Istanbul agreement could form the basis for any future Russia negotiations with Ukraine, but that the agreement was outdated.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is willing to participate in negotiations but must be based on `new realities`, in other words, Ukraine must acknowledge the territories annexed to Russia.

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