War in Ukraine: Putin ‘ready’ for talks, welcomes African delegation’s ‘balanced’ position

I amDuring a meeting with African mediators in Ukraine on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised their “balanced approach” to the Ukrainian crisis and said he was “ready” for “constructive dialogue with those who want peace”.

“We welcome the balanced approach of our African friends towards the Ukrainian crisis”, said Mr. Putin announced, where the African mediation team arrived after a trip to Kyiv.

“We are open to constructive dialogue with those who want peace, based on the principles of justice and taking into account the legitimate interests of the parties,” he stressed.

In Kiev, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the African delegation on Friday, denouncing it as “a sham” amid a counterattack by Moscow’s armed forces.

According to Vladimir Putin, “In Russia, we greatly respect the position of African countries in favor of maintaining stability (…), we support their desire for a pacifist policy”. He “appreciates” their interest in finding ways to resolve the Ukrainian conflict, while stressing that “strengthening comprehensive relations with the countries of the African continent is Russia’s foreign policy priority.”

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