Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson, responded to a Bloomberg report, stating unequivocally, "That is a baseless story. It has absolutely no connection to reality."
The Bloomberg article claimed that Putin had initiated indirect communications with the West, expressing his ultimate goal of achieving peace in Ukraine. This move allegedly coincided with domestic calls for peace or the resolution of the Ukraine conflict, particularly in light of Russia's upcoming 2024 election.
The report asserted that Putin, who is seeking re-election, might be willing to reconsider his demands and engage in discussions with the United States about potential future security arrangements for Ukraine.
However, Peskov dismissed this notion, emphasizing that there was no indication that Putin desired a cessation of hostilities.
In response to the report, US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson expressed that the U.S. was unaware of any shifts in Russia's position and emphasized that the decision to negotiate rested with Ukraine.
Despite Russia's repeated claims of openness to peace talks, it has consistently insisted on negotiations taking place on its terms.
Peskov reiterated this stance, stating, “President Putin has stated numerous times that Russia was, is, and will continue to be open for negotiations on Ukraine. We are determined to reach our goals. And would prefer to complete it by diplomatic means. If not, the military operation will be continued till we reach our goals,” as reported by TASS.
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This position contradicts the prevailing pro-war and anti-West rhetoric. Peskov recently asserted that negotiations were not relevant at that time, further distancing Russia from reconciliation with the West.
Putin, in addressing soldiers in Moscow, labeled the West as Russia's enemy, indicating a hardened stance against Ukraine's allies.
Putin's remarks prompted NATO to call for an enhancement of military capabilities among its allies at the beginning of 2024 in response to the escalating tensions in the region.
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