Scholz and Zelensky called the condition for a peaceful settlement of the conflict

Scholz and Zelensky: a peaceful settlement of the conflict is possible only with the withdrawal of Russian troops Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Ukraine did not respond to the draft peace treaty alt=”Scholz and Zelensky called the condition for a peaceful settlement of the conflict” />

The settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is possible only if hostilities cease and Russian troops withdraw. This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky following the talks, wrote the representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Steffen Hebeshtreit on Twitter.

“They made it clear that the solution [to the conflict] through negotiations can only be with immediate the end of hostilities by Russia and the withdrawal of military personnel,— he said.

In addition to the prospects for peace talks, the leaders discussed the situation on the front lines, further pressure on Russia, and increased sanctions, Zelensky wrote on Twitter. He thanked Germany for its defense support and expressed hope for Berlin's help on Ukraine's path to the EU.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. In early March, the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops. The Kremlin continued to declare its desire to achieve the goals of military operations— “denazification” and “demilitarization”.

Negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine began on February 28, took place in several rounds, but did not give a result. The last face-to-face meeting in Istanbul on March 29 was the most effective. Then Ukraine offered to ensure its security to the countries from among the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, Turkey, Germany. At the same time, Kyiv noted that the system of guarantees would not operate in Crimea and part of the territory of Donbass. According to the same agreement, the guarantor countries must help Ukraine join the EU.

In exchange for these conditions, Ukraine must accept a neutral and non-nuclear status, as well as refuse to produce and deploy all types of weapons of mass destruction, including foreign military bases and troops.

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In early April, Moscow and Kyiv announced that the negotiations had stalled. On May 9, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that the negotiations were taking place remotely. But they are “sluggish and ineffective,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

On May 12, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Kyiv was ready for discussion, but Moscow “does not show any desire to participate in real and substantive negotiations.” The next day, Putin, in a conversation with Scholz, accused Kyiv of “essentially blocking” negotiation process.

On May 17, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrey Rudenko said that there were no negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow, they were not conducted “in any form”, since Ukraine did not respond to the Russian draft peace treaty and practically withdrew from the negotiation process. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the Ukrainian delegation was led by the United States and Great Britain. The Pentagon ruled out interference in the negotiations.

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