Top Russian MP reveals when Ukraine operation might end — Analysis
According to the Head of the State Duma Defense Committee, this conflict must be resolved once Kiev agrees to negotiations.
Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine could come to an end if Kiev agrees to negotiate, the head of Russia’s State Duma Defense Committee Andrey Kartapolov claimed on Wednesday.
The operation “will develop in accordance with the plan, and, I think, will end when the current Ukrainian leadership is ‘ripe’ for negotiations,”In an interview, Kartapolov stated this to RIA Novosti. He said the situation on the ground has changed and that Kiev’s forces are beginning to crack.
In Istanbul on March 29, Kiev offered to negotiate an international security agreement with Ukraine. This would be in return for Russia granting the neutral status demanded by it since the beginning of the conflict.
These talks fell apart and each side continues to blame the other for their failures in negotiations.
Recep Tayyip Turkey invited Kiev and Moscow for a fresh round of talks Monday. Erdogan noted that progress had been made in the cease-fire process, but not enough to sustain it.
“President Erdogan stated Turkey’s readiness, if agreed upon in principle by both parties, to meet with Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul, and to assume a role in a possible observation mechanism,” the presidency’s directorate of communications said in a statement.
Russia attacked the neighboring state following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols were created to grant the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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