Crimea needs to be recognized as Russian territory, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, referring to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky’s status of Crimea and separatist-occupied territories in eastern Ukraine, the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Commenting on the readiness to discuss.
“Our position is well known. Crimea is a Russian territory and should be recognized both in real and legally, ”Peskov told reporters.
Peskov said that the separate republics of Donetsk and Luhansk should also be recognized as “sovereign independent states”.
“For the republics of the DPR and the LPR, these are sovereign independent states and are recognized by the Russian Federation. This also needs to be recognized both in real and legal terms, ”he said.
Zelensky indicated in an interview with ABC’s David Muir on Tuesday that he is ready to consider discussing the situation in Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
When asked about the Kremlin’s conditions for ending the war, Zelensky said, “First, I’m ready for a dialogue,” according to ABC’s translation.
Muir asked: “When the Kremlin states these three conditions to end the war: that you must quit joining NATO, recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and the independence of those two separatist regions and the former.” Will have to recognize Vladimir Putin who will receive this message from you. You say this is a non-starter, not yet ready for those three conditions?”
“I’m talking about security guarantees. I think the items about temporary occupied territories and unrecognized republics that are not recognized by anyone other than Russia, these pseudo-republics, but we’re on it. We can discuss and compromise on how these regions will live. It is important to me how the people and the people living in these areas who want to be part of Ukraine.”
“The question is much more difficult than just accepting them. This is another ultimatum and we are not ready for an ultimatum. But we have these three items, the possible solutions for the major items, the resolution. Informative without oxygen to President Putin Instead of living in a bubble, what needs to be done is to stop talking, start a conversation,” he said.