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Moscow ready to resume talks with Kiev

Moscow ready to resume talks with Kiev

Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said Sunday that Moscow was ready to resume peace talks with Ukraine, blaming Kiev for their suspension.

"For our part, we are ready to continue the dialogue," said Medinsky, a Kremlin adviser who has been in talks with Ukraine, in an interview with Belarusian Public Television.

"The freezing of talks was done exclusively at the initiative of Ukraine," he added. "Russia has never refused to negotiate."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a telephone conversation with Mario Draghi on Saturday night, said the talks would take place only when Ukraine regains territories it had taken from Russia since the beginning of the war, explaining that " the country is not yet ready for a true peace process. "

Negotiations began after Russian forces entered Ukraine on February 24, but were unable to quickly occupy the capital. The two countries' foreign ministers met in Turkey in March, after which the delegations held talks in Istanbul, but without success.