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Russia will wait until Kiev changes position on talks, Kremlin spokesman says

According to Dmitry Peskov, even before launching a special military operation in Ukraine, Russia was committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine

MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. Russia will wait until Ukraine’s incumbent or next president changes the country’s stance on negotiations with Moscow because efforts to hold talks and reach agreements require Kiev’s participation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

"There need to be two parties to hold talks," he noted. "We will now wait either until the incumbent Ukrainian president changes his position, or until there is another president in Ukraine who will change his position for the sake of the Ukrainian people," Peskov said, when asked if agreements could be reached without Kiev.

According to him, even before launching a special military operation in Ukraine, Russia was committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine. "From the very beginning, since before the military operation, Russia has been supporting the use of diplomatic means and negotiations to meet the conditions set by Moscow," Peskov stressed.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky earlier enacted a decision by the country’s Council for National Security and Defense saying that it was impossible to hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. A decree on the matter was published on the Ukrainian presidential office’s website on Tuesday.