Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a phone call on Friday that Kyiv was attempting to stall peace talks with Russia but that Moscow was still keen to continue negotiations.
“It was noted that the Kyiv regime is attempting in every possible way to delay the negotiation process, putting forward more and more unrealistic proposals,” the Kremlin said in a readout of the call.
“Nonetheless the Russian side is ready to continue searching for a solution in line with its well-known principled approaches.”
Western officials said on Thursday that Ukraine and Russia were taking peace talks seriously but that a big gap remained between the two sides.
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