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Kremlin notes Kyiv's willingness to talk, won't comment on possible contacts

Kremlin notes Kyiv's willingness to talk, won't comment on possible contacts

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks at a news briefing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 24, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Friday (Feb 25) noted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's willingness to discuss a possible neutrality pledge by Ukraine, but said it could not say anything about possible talks between the two countries' leaders.

"This is a new statement. We have taken note of it. It looks like a positive development," he said, referring to comments made by Zelenskiy in the early hours of Thursday.

Peskov said he could not comment on whether talks would take place between Putin and Zelenskyy.

Saying that Moscow would analyse Zelenskyy's offer, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Moscow's expectations of Kyiv remained unchanged. Moscow has long demanded guarantees that Ukraine would never join NATO or allow the bloc to deploy troops and weapons on its territory.

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, with heavy fighting reported in Ukraine's northern, eastern and southern regions and Russian forces taking positions close to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Source: Reuters/fh

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