Putin declared readiness to negotiate with Ukraine and the United States – Chinese Foreign Ministry
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According to Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin, this became known from a telephone conversation between the Foreign Ministers of China and Russia.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that Russia is ready to sit down at the negotiating table with representatives of Ukraine and the United States, according to the Chinese state-run Global Times. The speaker of the diplomatic department noted that the Chinese side supports such an initiative.
According to Wang Wenbin, Moscow's readiness to conduct trilateral negotiations became known after a telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. It was Lavrov who announced Russia's readiness to conduct a dialogue with Ukraine and the United States. that a telephone conversation took place between the heads of the diplomatic departments of the Russian Federation and the PRC became known on October 27. The press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry published material about this, but the report does not say a word about the Kremlin's readiness for any negotiations. The only thing that touched the Ukrainian theme was Lavrov's words about the course of the war in Ukraine and the efforts of the Russian side “to suppress provocations using components of weapons of mass destruction.”
What they say about the talks in the American media
The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius writes that the need to start a negotiation process between the leaders of the two powers is “blatantly obvious.” According to him, President Joe Biden should have listened to his Russian counterpart and entered into dialogue in order to avoid catastrophic consequences from a direct military conflict between the US and Russia.
“The need for greater diplomatic efforts between Russia and the United States is blatantly obvious. But it should be focused on preventing a catastrophic scenario between the two countries,” the observer believes.
Comments by a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
Commenting article by Ignatius, Dmitry Belik, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, noted that if the White House does not agree to a dialogue, the Kremlin will act in those ways and methods that it considers necessary. According to him, Russia has long outlined its positions and stated that neither the theoretical nor the practical entry of Ukraine into NATO is unacceptable for Moscow.
Position of Ukraine
In turn, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, commenting on the possibility of negotiations with Russia, he noted that dialogue is possible only if the Kremlin respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. However, at the moment it is obvious that Putin does not show such readiness.
According to the Ukrainian leader, relations between the two warring countries can be unblocked after Russia unblocks the Black Sea.