“We have repeatedly said that Russia’s goals can be achieved in various ways — these are political and diplomatic or, if political and diplomatic are currently impossible, and in the case of Ukraine, they are impossible, unfortunately, via military way, that is, through a special military operation,” Peskov told reporters.
Last October, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine could not hold any talks as long as Vladimir Putin remained president of Russia and signed a decree to that effect. Russian senior officials have repeatedly reaffirmed their readiness to start peace negotiations to resolve the ongoing conflict.
Moscow launched its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Russian and Ukrainian delegations have engaged in several rounds of peace talks since then, but the negotiations have ultimately reached an impasse.
Commenting on the possibility of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Kremlin spokesman said that it is up to Beijing to decide whether it is appropriate to organize such an event.
“We know the balanced position of China, we highly appreciate it and believe that the Chinese leader himself decides the expediency of certain contacts, and we have no right to give any advice here,” Peskov told reporters.
In an interview with AP earlier this month, Zelensky said that he is ready to meet with Xi in Ukraine. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said earlier on Wednesday that China maintains communication with all parties on the Ukrainian issue, including Ukraine, but there is no specific information regarding a possible meeting between the Chinese and Ukrainian leaders.
Meanwhile, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi has arrived at the territory of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in the city of Enerhodar earlier in the day. Dmitry Peskov said that there are no plans to organize any meetings or phone conversations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Grossi.
“No, so far there are no such contacts in the foreseeable schedule. He [Grossi] is in constant contact with his counterparts, the chairmen of Rosatom, with other colleagues, these contacts continue,” Peskov told reporters.