The President of Russia does not plan to speak to the parliamentarians of other countries, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. According to him, Putin is always ready to clarify Russia's position, but the initiative should not come from Moscow
The Kremlin is not negotiating President Vladimir Putin's speech to the parliaments of foreign countries on the situation in Ukraine. This was announced by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.
“No negotiations [on this matter] are being conducted,” — Peskov said, answering a relevant question from journalists.
According to Peskov, Putin “has always been and remains open for contacts at any level in order to clarify Russia's position.” about the special operation that is going on in Ukraine. However, according to him, Moscow cannot and does not want to put forward any such initiatives, especially in the case of countries that have taken “very, very hostile steps” against Russia.
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine. Putin said that the decision to start it was difficult and forced. He called the goals of the special operation the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass from the “genocide of the Kiev authorities”, as well as the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine. Kyiv then severed diplomatic relations with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law and declared mobilization, and Western countries imposed several packages of sanctions against Russia, including freezing the assets of the Central Bank.
The President of Ukraine after the start of the special operation repeatedly spoke before the parliaments of foreign countries. So, for example, on March 15, Zelensky addressed the Canadian government via video link, on March 17— to the US Congress, March 21— to the deputies of the Israeli Knesset, on March 22 he spoke in front of the Italian parliament, and on March 23 he is scheduled to speak to the French deputies.