Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, suggested that an idea put out by African leaders could serve as a foundation for peace in Moscow’s conflict with Ukraine, but he also asserted that attacks from Kiev made a halt to hostilities “virtually impossible.”
Following meetings with African leaders in Saint Petersburg, where Putin heard their requests for Russia to advance with
The proposal, according to the news agency Reuters, floated a number of potential steps to defuse the conflict, including a Russian troop withdrawal, the removal of Russian tactical nuclear weapons from Belarus, the suspension of an arrest warrant for Putin issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the easing of sanctions.
The proposal’s specifics have not been made public.
The 12-point Chinese proposal, which was released earlier this year, calls for a de-escalation and eventual ceasefire in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has rejected the concept of a ceasefire right now, which would give Russia time to reorganize its forces after 17 grueling months of war and leave it in charge of roughly a fifth of his nation.
Additionally, he stated that in order for peace talks to take place, Moscow would need to withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory that it now occupies.
Regarding the subject of peace negotiations, Putin stated that “we did not reject them,” but added that “for this process to begin, there needs to be agreement on both sides.”
In the midst of the turmoil over the ICC arrest warrant issued over war crimes related to the kidnapping of children from Ukraine, the Russian president also appeared to downplay missing an economic summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, next month.
When Russian journalists questioned Putin about his decision to stay home, he responded that he was “in contact with all colleagues” from the BRICS group of developing nations and that he did not “think my presence at the BRICS summit is more important than my presence here, in Russia, right now.”
Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, will attend the summit, which will bring together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, he noted, and he will participate via video link.
The Russian president must be detained if he enters South African soil since South Africa signed the Rome treaty that established the ICC.
South Africa had made it clear that it would not detain Putin if he attended, but it had also actively urged him not to do so in order to avoid the issue.
Putin has not visited a nation that has ratified the ICC treaty since his indictment, notwithstanding Moscow’s rejection of the warrant. According to analysts, the public discussion about the Russian president’s potential trip to South Africa was an unwanted development for the Kremlin.