The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to talks but the pre-condition of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine is not acceptable.
Russia rejects Ukraine talks condition
Russia says demands it should pull out completely from Ukraine as part of any future talks to end the war effectively rule out any such negotiations as Russian strikes continue.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin remains open to talks but the demand from Ukraine and its allies that it first withdraws its troops from Ukraine is unacceptable.
Peskov’s comments came as Putin spoke on the phone on Friday morning with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Scholz’s office said he made clear to Putin “that there must be a diplomatic solution as quickly as possible, which includes a withdrawal of Russian troops”.