Russia reacts to Zelensky assassination claims — Analysis

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin press secretary has said that Russia does not plan to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky nor to take him out of power.

“No, this is not true,”Peskov responded when Peskov was asked by LCI, a French radio station, to discuss speculations about Moscow wanting Zelensky killed.

He also insisted that regime change in the neighboring country wasn’t among the goals of Russia’s ongoing military operation.

Zelensky “is the President of Ukraine,”Peskov observed that Moscow demands from him the acceptance of the Russian delegation’s demands during peace negotiations.

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“Through those talks we want to put an end to the military operation,” Peskov said, adding that Moscow’s recent decision to withdraw its troops from areas near the Ukrainian capital Kiev was a gesture of good will aimed at facilitating their positive outcome.

Last week, the last face-to–face round in negotiations between Moscow’s and Kiev’s delegations was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the 2014 Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.

Russia demands Ukraine now to declare its neutrality and not be a member of the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists Russia’s offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it had been planning to retake the secessionist regions by force

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