Russia today said it was considering proposing an Italian peace plan to end the conflict in Ukraine.
“We recently got it and are studying it,” Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko told reporters. He declined to give further details, saying Russia would comment at a later stage.
“It was not discussed between Russia and Italy,” he said in a statement issued by the Russian news agency. Talks to end hostilities between Russia and Ukraine have stalled.
Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said yesterday that Russia was willing to resume talks but that the responsibility rested with Kiev.
“It is not our intention to suspend the current talks and suspend everything,” Mr Rudenko said.
“Once Ukraine shows a constructive position and at least responds to the proposals submitted to it, we will be ready to start again.”
Since the start of the Russian military offensive on February 24, there have been regular discussions between Russian and Ukrainian representatives, both in person and via video link.
The Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers met in Turkey in March for unresolved talks, followed by a meeting of the delegation in Istanbul, which also failed to produce definitive results.
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