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Vladimir Putin says he is ready to negotiate peace rather than war in Ukraine

origin 1It has been 10 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a full-scale invasion of Ukraine ©EV – screenshot

Russia is ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the war in Ukraine, but Kiev and its Western backers have refused to engage in talks, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 triggered Europe’s deadliest conflict since World War II and the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

There is, as yet, little end in sight to the war.

The Kremlin has previously said it would fight until all of its objectives are met, while Kiev has said it will not rest until every Russian soldier is expelled from its territory, including Crimea which Russia annexed in the 2014.

“We are ready to negotiate with everyone involved on acceptable solutions, but it depends on them – we are not the ones refusing to negotiate, they are,” Putin told state television Rossiya 1.

CIA Director William Burns said in an interview published this month that while most conflicts end in negotiations, the CIA’s assessment was that Russia was not yet serious about actual negotiations to end the war.

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Putin needed to “get back to reality”, adding that it was Russia that was unwilling to negotiate.

“Russia single-handedly attacked Ukraine and is killing citizens,” Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.

“Russia doesn’t want negotiations, but tries to avoid accountability.”

To find out more, watch the RockedBuzz via Euronews report in the video above.