The Russian Foreign Ministry has listed the conditions for ending the war in Ukraine
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin listed Moscow’s demands on Kiev to bring peace to Ukraine. The most important of them is the necessity for Ukraine to abandon its membership plans in the European Union (EU) and NATO. The Russian authorities also demand that the Armed Forces of Ukraine lay down their weapons, and Western countries demand that supplies be suspended, the diplomat said in an interview with TASS.
To achieve a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace,” Galuzin argues, Ukraine must return to its neutral, non-bloc status and recognize “the new territorial realities that have arisen as a result of the realization of the right of nations to self-determination. ”
The deputy minister also stressed the importance of protecting the rights of Russian-speaking citizens and national minorities. He stated: “At the legislative level, the state status of the Russian language should be established. It is necessary to ensure that fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom of religion, are respected in Ukraine.
Previously, Russia had not made demands for Ukraine’s refusal to join the European Union and the establishment of a state status for the Russian language. In June 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is not opposed to Ukraine joining the EU because it is not a military organization, unlike NATO.
The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated that the only condition for ending the war is the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.