Russia: We are open to negotiations with Ukraine
Yesterday the Kremlin declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that Washington had held unannounced talks with senior Russian officials to avoid further escalation in the Ukraine war, saying Russia is always open to negotiations with Ukraine . According to the report, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan held talks with Putin’s aides in hopes of reducing the risk of contagion or the war in Ukraine escalating into a nuclear conflict.
“We have nothing to say about this report,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
He also declined to comment on a Washington Post report that the United States was secretly asking Ukraine to signal that it was open to talks with Russia after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ruled out negotiations with Putin in power would have.
“I don’t know if that’s the case or not,” Peskow said. As he said, “I reiterate there are honest reports, but the purely speculative reports constitute the vast majority.” He added that while Russia remains open to talks, it is unable to negotiate with Kyiv as it refuses to hold talks with his country. And he announced some high-level contacts between American and Russian officials in recent months, as Washington insisted that all talks to end the war in Ukraine would take place between Moscow and Kyiv.
At the field level, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that Ukraine was preparing for fresh Russian attacks on its infrastructure, after the mayor of Kyiv urged residents to prepare for the worst-case scenario by preparing contingency plans to shut down the city leave and stay with friends or family.
“The country yesterday faced a 32 percent shortfall in its expected electricity supply,” said Sergei Kovalenko, chief executive officer of Yasnu, a major utility in the capital, describing it as force majeure.
At the same time, the national energy authorities warned of a planned power outage, but also pointed out the possibility of further restrictions in the capital and the surrounding area as well as 6 other regions of the country.
In this regard, Ukraine announced yesterday that it has received new air defense systems from the United States, Spain and Norway, aimed at repelling intensive Russian bombing of vital infrastructure.
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