According to Ryabkov, political and diplomatic methods “cannot be discarded,” but if the Ukrainian authorities are not ready to negotiate, this is “their choice.” Russia “cannot back down,” the diplomat added
Russia will stick to the positions declared at the beginning of the special operation and put an end to it where it needs to, said the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel.
“We will put an end where we need it, and not where some strategists, ideologists, military planners in Washington or other capitals imagine this situation. We must prove by will power, by force of arms, by our readiness to stand firm, to stand completely on the positions that were declared by our leadership, and to ensure their achievement, — he said.
The diplomat added that political and diplomatic methods are also needed and “cannot be discarded.” However, Russia has defined its goals “quite clearly”, and if the Ukrainian authorities are not ready for negotiations, and those “who are behind them” want to “continue pumping [Ukraine] with weapons”, then this is “their choice”, he noted. Moscow “cannot retreat” and the set goals “will be achieved,” Ryabkov said.
Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24th. Her goals— achieve demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring state, as well as to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from “genocide”, said President Vladimir Putin.
A little less than two months later, on April 22, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the second phase of the operation. Among its tasks, the department called the establishment of full control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine.
Speaking about the timing of the special operation, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, said that it was slowing down “deliberately”— due to the announcement of silence regimes and the opening of gum corridors to enable civilians to evacuate. Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev also noted that Russia “is not chasing deadlines.”
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After the start of the special operation, Ukraine imposed martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, the goal of Kyiv— not only the return of territories lost after February 24, but also “full sovereignty”; over the territory of the country.
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