The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov* has restated the conditions under which Russia is ready to stop hostilities. “They were told that all this could stop at one moment,” Peskov was quoted as saying by Reuters. These include Ukraine ceasing military action, changing its constitution to enshrine neutrality, acknowledging Crimea as Russian territory and recognising the rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent territories.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last month that Kyiv will not “give up its own”, expressing confidence that control over the Donbas and Crimea would return to Ukraine “exclusively through diplomacy.” Slava Ukraini!
*Peskov’s daughter Elizaveta, on the other hand, posts “No to War” on Instagram.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, has just come out with a line straight from a Blackadder episode. Asked about yesterday’s nuke threat, Peskov replied:
“There were unacceptable statements about possible conflict situations and even confrontations and clashes between Nato and Russa. I will not name the authors of these statements, although it was the British foreign secretary“
Russia’s obviously referring to Truss’s slightly surprising endorsement during the Sunday morning media round that British fighters should go to Ukraine if they want to defend the country. It will be interesting to see whether the PM’s spokesman defends the call to arms…