Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia is “open to” negotiation with Ukraine.
Peskov told reporters however that the moment is not right for talks.
Speaking at a press conference today, Peskov said that the Russian side remains open to achieving its goals through negotiations but sought to blame Ukraine for the inability to hold talks.
Peskov pointed to a law signed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last month which formally ruled out the possibility of negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to Russia’s illegal claim to annex portions of four Ukrainian regions.
Zelensky has said that until Russia is ready to admit they have occupied Ukraine, there will be no substantial dialogue.
The Washington Post on Saturday reported that U.S. officials have privately encouraged the Ukrainian government to soften their position and signal an openness to talks with Russia.
The goal is not necessarily to reach a near-term settlement but to use talks as a political move in order to maintain Western support for the war effort.