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Kremlin asks why Zelenskyy is not seeing its proposal

Kremlin asks why Zelenskyy is not seeing its proposal

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gestures during a joint news conference with European Council President Charles Michel after their meeting, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 20, 2022. (File photo: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

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

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

"I repeat once again, as I said yesterday, our formulations, in fact the latest version, were handed 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 is reporting to President Zelenskyy about our versions of the text".

The comments from the two sides appeared to highlight both the gulf in their positions and the poor state of communication between them, eight weeks after Russia sent its troops and tanks into Ukraine and more than three weeks after they last held face-to-face talks on Mar 29.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Apr 12 that the talks had come to a dead end. Ukraine's chief negotiator said on Tuesday it was hard to predict when they might resume because of Russia's siege of Mariupol and what he said was Moscow's desire to strengthen its position through a new military offensive.

Russia says it was forced to launch its "special military operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine, and protect Russian-speakers there from "genocide" - arguments denounced by Kyiv and the West as baseless pretexts for war.

Moscow wants Kyiv to accept the loss of Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014, and of the eastern Donbas region which is now the focus of the Russian offensive. Ukraine says it will not compromise on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Source: Reuters/fh

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