Nearly entering the eighth-month mark since launching its “special military operation” in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media that Moscow’s pursuit in Kyiv remains unchanged but emphasized its openness towards “peaceful” negotiation.

Nonetheless, seeing the “hostile” attitude of the West towards Russia, Peskov said that any prospect for talks would be impossible, adding that “it takes two” to kickstart a dialogue.

“It takes two sides to have a dialogue. As the West is now taking a very, very hostile stance towards us, it’s unlikely that there will be any such prospect in the near future,” Peskov said, as quoted by the Russian news agency TASS. “Nevertheless, Turkey, as well as a number of other countries, continue to try to mediate in some way.”

Ahead of his attendance at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit on Thursday in the Kazakh capital, Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly to meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines to discuss possible peace talks ideas in Ukraine. However, the Kremlin said both leaders did not bring up nor discuss “the topic of a Russian-Ukrainian settlement” following the meeting.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Source: Wikimedia)

Despite the Western sanctions imposed on Russia, NATO member Turkey has kept a neutral position and good relations with both sides and even tried mediating peace talks twice, but as mentioned, the efforts continue to be unfruitful.

Not to mention how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reiterated its stance of no to negotiations with Russia during an online Q&A session with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe members, stressing that diplomacy with belligerent leaders who disregard international law was “impossible.”

Nevertheless, Ankara has hosted negotiations with Moscow since the start of the war. The former, together with the United Nations, has successfully mediated a deal between the latter and Kyiv that would allow the Russian blockade in the Black Sea ports for Ukraine to export grain supplies to poorer countries. Moreover, Ankara also played a key role in brokering one of the largest prisoner swaps between the conflicting countries, releasing more than 200 Ukrainian soldiers in exchange for dozens of Russian prisoners and a pro-Moscow politician.

‘Fighting for a fairer world’

During his speech at CICA, Putin urged Asian leaders attending the summit to push for a “fairer world,” describing the strong influence of the “collective West” in changing the rest of the world into becoming a “multi-polar” and how it has been “exploiting poorer countries” for increasing neo-colonial power.