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Putin shared demands to end the war, including Ukraine’s lack of membership in NATO, status of occupied territories

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed his conditions for ending the war in Ukraine with the Turkish president, the BBC reported.
  • Ibrahim Kalin, an Erdogan adviser who listened, said Putin was demanding the status of Crimea and Donbas.
  • Putin also said he wanted assurances from Ukraine that it would not join NATO – which Zelenskyy has already admitted.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin shared his demands to end the war in Ukraine with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a phone call on Thursday, according to BBC.

Ibrahim Kalin, a leading adviser to Erdogan who listened, told the BBC about the call and the details of Putin’s demands shortly after it ended. Kalin said some of the demands would be easier for Ukraine to agree to than others.

First, Putin seeks Ukraine’s assurance that the country will remain neutral and not seek to join NATO. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday his country “must admit” that it would not join NATOa concession that could serve as an opening for peace talks with Russia.

Kalin told the BBC that Putin also wants Ukraine to carry out a disarmament process, protect the Russian language in the country and engage in “de-Nazification”. It is unclear exactly what the de-Nazification demand will include, but Putin has repeatedly mentioned this as a cause of the war, despite the fact that Ukraine is a democracy and its president is Jewish.

The more challenging demands involve the status of the Crimea and Donbas region, according to Kalin, where Putin said he would have to meet with Zelenskyy in person to discuss this. No details were provided on these requirements. Crimea has been occupied by Russia since 2014 and Donetsk and Luhansk – two separatist regions of the Donbas – have been recognized by Russia as independent states.

The demands that Kalin said Putin shared with Erdogan are consistent with those outlined by the Kremlin last week, as reported by Reuters. Russia told Ukraine that it would immediately suspend its military operations if Kyiv met their conditions, including amending its constitution to ensure neutrality, recognizing Crimea as belonging to Russia and recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters that these demands had been forwarded to Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Zelenskyy made his own demands for peace talks with Russia after officials from both countries said they were making progress.

“My priorities in the negotiations are quite clear: the end of the war, security guarantees, sovereignty, the restoration of territorial integrity, real guarantees for our country, real protection for our country,” he said.

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Putin shared demands to end the war, including Ukraine’s lack of membership in NATO, status of occupied territories

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