Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday that negotiations with Ukraine are stalled because the Ukrainian authorities have failed to comply with what was agreed in Istanbul at the end of March.
“The negotiations with Ukraine have become complicated in the first place because kyiv has backed down from the agreements reached at the end of March”, when Russia decided to reduce its military activity in the direction of kyiv and Chernigov, Putin said during a meeting with his ally. and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
Putin himself has acknowledged that he does not have all the details yet because he was informed on Monday of the change in the position of the Ukrainian negotiators, according to the Russian news agency TASS.RELATED
In any case, Putin has assured that “the start of direct dialogue with Ukraine has been possible largely thanks to the personal efforts of the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko”.
The Russian president held a three-hour meeting with his Belarusian counterpart and later at the press conference he was “convinced” that Russia will achieve “the objectives” set out in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine, “without a doubt”.
“So it will be. There is no doubt,” Putin said at a space base, where he asserted that Russian “goals” are “understandable and noble.” Putin has also warned that the acceleration of the operation could cause losses, so they will act “rhythmically, calmly, sticking to the plan proposed by the General Staff.”
The Russian president has stressed that, in his first speech on the invasion of Ukraine, he said that the main goal is “to help people in Donbas”. “We know that our forces are participating in a special military operation – the Russian euphemism to refer to the invasion of its neighboring country – in Donbas, in Ukraine, providing assistance to the people’s republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk, the President. For Putin, Russian troops act “bravely, competently, effectively and efficiently.”
“There was no other option” than to invade
In this sense, he has defended that, with the operation, the Russians “take measures” to guarantee their own security. “Obviously we had no choice. This is the right decision,” he said, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. On the other hand, he has emphasized that Russia “is not going to isolate itself” from the world, something “impossible” in his opinion.
For Putin, what is happening in Ukraine is a “tragedy” but “there was simply no other option”. “The only question was when it would start. That’s all”, he has riveted.
If the Russian invasion had taken longer, “the West would have dealt Russia a devastating blow,” Lukashenko pointed out. “There have never been such dangerous and difficult moments in relations with the West in our modern history,” emphasized the Belarusian president, whom Putin thanked for managing the organization of the first meetings between kyiv and Moscow to end the war. .
Regarding the discovery of the bodies of civilians in Bucha for which Ukraine is accusing Russia of war crimes, Putin has compared this case with the accusations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria by government forces. “It turned out that it was fake. The same thing happens in Bucha,” according to Putin.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has accused the Syrian regime of a chemical attack with a chlorine cylinder perpetrated on February 4, 2018 on the town of Saraqib, in northwestern Syria.
For Lukashenko, Bucha’s accusations are part of “a psychological operation by the British” to justify the imposition of sanctions on Russia.