Kremlin asks why Zelensky doesn’t see his proposal

LONDON: The Kremlin said on Thursday (April 21) that Moscow was still waiting for Ukraine’s response to Russia’s latest written proposal in peace talks between the two sides, questioning why Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy was unaware of the document.

Zelenskyy said on Wednesday that he had not seen or heard the text the Kremlin sent.

“I repeat again, as I said yesterday, our formulations, in fact the latest version, were handed over to our opponents, to the Ukrainian negotiating delegation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Peskov said the Kremlin was aware of Zelenskyy’s comment, “which also raises certain questions about why no one reports to President Zelenskyy about our versions of the text.”

Both sides’ comments appeared to highlight both the gap in their positions and the poor communication between them, eight weeks after Russia sent its troops and tanks to Ukraine and more than three weeks after they last held personal talks on March 29.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on April 12 that talks had come to a dead end. Ukraine’s chief negotiator on Tuesday said it was difficult to predict when they might resume due to the Russian siege of Mariupol and what he said was Moscow’s desire to bolster its position through another military offensive.

Russia says it was forced to launch its “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine, protecting Russian-speakers there from “genocide” — arguments denounced by Kiev and the West as baseless pretexts for war.

Moscow wants Kiev to accept the loss of Crimea, which it captured from Ukraine in 2014, and of the eastern Donbas region, which is now the center of Russia’s offensive. Ukraine says it will not compromise on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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