The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has told his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that Russia is open to dialogue over Ukraine.
Putin tells Lula Russia is open to dialogue on Ukraine
President Vladimir Putin has told his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a call that Russia is open to dialogue over Ukraine, the Kremlin says, shortly after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomed a Chinese peace envoy to Moscow.
Russia has repeatedly said it was open to resuming peace talks with Ukraine, which stalled a few months after Russia invaded Ukraine early last year, and has welcomed mediation efforts from both Brazil and China.
But it has insisted that any negotiations must be based on “new realities”, meaning its declared annexation of four Ukrainian provinces that it largely or partly controls – a condition unacceptable to officials in Kyiv.
China for its part signed a “no limits” partnership with Russia less than three weeks before the invasion, and has not only refrained from criticising Russia but also dramatically expanded its Russian energy imports since the start of the war.