The Kremlin signaled that it is willing to negotiate surrender terms with Ukraine in the midst of ongoing attacks on the country by Russian Forces in a statement by Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov at about 2 pm today.  According to Peskov, President Putin is now willing to speak to Ukrainian President Zelinsky about the country disarming, de-coupling from the West, and cleansing itself of “pro-Nazi” people.

“The president formulated his vision of what we would expect from Ukraine in order for the so-called ‘red-line’ problems to be resolved. This is neutral status, and this is a refusal to deploy weapons,” Peskov stated.

A previous attempt by President Zelinsky to contact Putin was ignored by the Kremlin on the eve of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine.

The Kremlin spokesman related that while Putin would decide when these negotiations would actually take place, negotiations would only take place if “the leadership of Ukraine is ready to talk about it.”  This would suggest that the government in Kyiv would have to make the request to Putin for negotiations when it had been sufficiently weakened by Russian attacks.