The Kremlin said on Friday (May 27) that it blames Ukraine for the fact that peace talks between the two countries are frozen, saying it was not clear what Kyiv wanted.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a call with reporters: “Ukrainian leaders constantly make contradictory statements. This does not allow us to fully understand what the Ukrainian side wants.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier that he had repeatedly tried to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war, but that Russia did not yet appear ready for serious peace talks.
“There are things to discuss with the Russian leader. I’m not telling you that… our people are eager (for me) to talk to him, but we have to face the realities of what we are living through,” Zelenskyy. he said in a speech to an Indonesian think tank.
“What do we want from this meeting?… We want our lives back… We want to take back the life of a sovereign country within its own territory,” he said.
The last known face-to-face peace negotiations were on March 29. Contacts continued remotely for a while, but both sides now say they have stopped.