Invasion of Ukraine - The Kremlin speaks again of negotiations, Putin salutes the heroism of its forces
The Kremlin assured on Sunday that it was ready to negotiate with Ukraine, proposing as a meeting place Gomel in Belarus, the country from which Russia invaded its neighbor, while the Russian president praised the heroism of its forces.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready for negotiations with Moscow, but not in Belarus. A delegation of representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs, defense and other services, including the presidential administration has arrived in Belarus for negotiations with the Ukrainians, according to the Russian presidential spokesman, quoted by state agencies. The Kremlin had already mentioned talks on Friday, but several Ukrainian officials had indicated that this was not a serious proposal, as Moscow was seeking to obtain the surrender of Ukraine. In addition, just after the proposal to open dialogue, President Vladimir Putin called the Ukrainian army a coup d'état and called the country's authorities a clique of drug addicts and neo-Nazis. Mr. Putin, on the occasion of the day of the special forces, saluted their role in the invasion, expressing special gratitude to those who heroically perform their duty in Ukraine that Russia invaded despite an international outcry Thursday.