Vladimir Putin Offers Terms for Ending War: Accept Them, We Stop War Immediately!

Vladimir Putin is open to sitting down at the negotiating table as early as tomorrow to reach an agreement.

by Sead Dedovic
Vladimir Putin Offers Terms for Ending War: Accept Them, We Stop War Immediately!
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Although in recent days it was reported that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was not ready for peace, the situation appears quite different now. During a meeting with senior diplomats at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, the Russian leader expressed readiness for new negotiations with Ukraine. Of course, Putin wouldn't be Putin without his demands, which many consider far from realistic. 

Specifically, the Russian president demands that Ukrainian troops fully withdraw from Donetsk and Luhansk Republics, as well as from Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Additionally, the Russian leader wants Ukrainians to withdraw their candidacy for NATO. These are the conditions set by Vladimir Putin, who is ready to end this war and begin negotiations.

"Ukrainian troops must fully withdraw from the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, as well as from the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions—specifically from the entire territory of these regions within their administrative borders as they were when they joined Ukraine. Once Kyiv declares its readiness for this and actually begins withdrawing troops from these regions, as well as formally abandoning plans to join NATO, we will immediately cease fire and begin negotiations," said Putin, as translated by Klix.

Experts and analysts worldwide believe that Putin has increased his appetite stressing that his demands are far from reality. Most expect that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy absolutely will not agree to these conditions and will be prepared for a series of negotiations, but under different terms. Ukrainian leadership could roughly anticipate such demands from Putin, but they likely have no intention of responding positively to them. Nevertheless, let's wait and see.

Vladimir Putin is open to sitting down at the negotiating table as early as tomorrow to reach an agreement. The Russian leader is aware that the situation and relations between Ukraine and Russia are far from ideal, and achieving peace will be challenging. However, every war implies a form of negotiation, mostly based on peace. Putin is open to negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities.

"We are ready to sit down at the negotiating table tomorrow, fully aware of the unique legal circumstances. Despite them, there are legitimate authorities, even according to their constitution, with whom we can negotiate," Putin continued.

He elaborated that Volodymyr Zelenskyy's presidency has ended, and in his view, Zelenskyy's legitimacy cannot be regained through any methods.

Putin stated that the decision to cancel elections reflects the essence of the Kyiv regime, which originates from the 2014 armed coup and remains closely intertwined with it. He also pointed out that the continuation of holding power after canceling elections goes against Article 5 of the Ukrainian Constitution.

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Vladimir Putin stresses that the current Ukrainian government came to power illegally through a coup ten years ago. The Russian leader considers that the Ukrainian leadership continues to act contrary to the constitution and laws. 

The relationship between Putin and Zelenskyy has been strained for a long time, especially since the beginning of the war, and various statements have been heard, particularly from the Ukrainian side. Throughout this war, Vladimir Putin has often remained unresponsive to everything and has never wanted to be completely direct in his statements. His intentions are secretive, although Putin frequently emphasizes the reasons for initiating the invasion of Ukraine.

"The current tragic chapter in Ukraine's history began with the violent seizure of power, an unconstitutional coup in 2014. The source of the present Kiev regime is the armed coup, and now the circle has closed: executive power in Ukraine has once again been usurped illegally, as it was in 2014," says Putin.

The Ukrainian government responded

The response from the Ukrainian government was not long in coming, as Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, emphasized via social media that Putin harbors certain illusions. Ukrainians do not take his demands seriously, considering them unacceptable.

"It's all a complete sham. Therefore -- once again -- get rid of illusions and stop taking seriously the 'proposals of Russia' that are offensive to common sense," Mykhailo Podolyak wrote.

Such a response, as we could already expect, was anticipated. In this atmosphere, it was difficult to expect Ukrainians to agree to peace under Putin's conditions. Similarly, the Russians are not willing to accept Ukraine's demands. This chaos between the two Eastern countries could persist for some time. It's difficult to provide a definitive answer on what could resolve the issue between these two nations, but at this moment, no one knows the right solution.

Vladimir Putin blindly believes in his ambitions, raising the question of how long such ideas will hold him and whether he intends to compromise at some point in the future.

We hope that the policies on both sides will change with the intention of entering a better future.

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