The spokesman recalled the statement by US President Joe Biden that negotiations would be possible ‘only after President Vladimir Putin withdraws from Ukraine.’
However, Putin was and is open to contacts, and negotiations, and, of course, the most preferable way to achieve our interests is by peaceful and diplomatic means, the spokesman noted.
Peskov added that the United States still does not recognize the new territories as part of the Russian Federation and, of course, this makes it much more difficult to find some mutual grounds for possible talks.
The spokesman pointed out that it was Putin who, before Russia’s special military operation, tried to start negotiations on the basis of security guarantees for his country.
To this end, he noted, Moscow prepared explanatory documents for Washington, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which were not taken into account.