Putin ready to continue talks with Ukraine, but on previous agreements

By Xinhua
Published : 25 May 2024 09:34 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia is ready to continue negotiations with Ukraine, but only based on the agreements reached before.

"Well, let them (negotiations) return, but not from what one side wants, but based on those agreements reached during negotiations in Belarus and Turkey and based on the current situation on the ground," Putin told a press conference following talks with his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko, in Minsk.

The Istanbul agreements satisfied both the Ukrainian and the Russian sides in 2022, Putin said, adding that Russia supports the resumption of negotiations with Ukraine.

TASS reports; Moscow is well aware that the legitimacy of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has ended, and if the negotiations with Kiev are resumed, it needs to make sure that it is dealing with the legitimate government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

The Russian leader emphasized that Moscow "is not stirring up anything" while holding nuclear weapons drills and voiced hope that Russian-Iranian relations would not significantly change after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.

TASS has compiled Putin’s key statements.