Ukraine made mistake by rejecting negotiations, says Russian President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin during an interview said that they made a huge document for the negotiations with Ukraine but they rejected the same.

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In his first ever interview with a Western journalist following Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he was prepared to negotiate a settlement and put an end to the conflict but the Ukrainian side made a mistake by rejecting his negotiations. 

"We prepared a huge document in Istanbul that was initialled by the head of the Ukrainian delegation. He (Ukraine President) affixed his signature to some of the provisions, not to all of it. He put his signature and then he himself said we were ready to sign it and the war would have been over long ago. However, Prime Minister Johnson came, talked us out of it. And we missed that chance," Putin said.

In an interview with the American news anchor Tucker Carlson released on Friday, President Putin said Ukraine made a mistake, adding. "Why do we have to bother ourselves and correct somebody else's mistakes?"

"Well, you missed it. You made a mistake. Let them get back to that. That is all. Why do we have to bother ourselves and correct somebody else's mistakes? I know one can say it is our mistake. It was us who intensified the situation and decided to put an end to the war that started in 2014 in Donbass. As I have already said, by means of weapons," he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to negotiate with Ukraine, but that the West must stop arming Ukraine. 

Putin said that Russia is "open to dialogue and negotiations" with Ukraine, but that the West must stop sending weapons to Ukraine. He said that Western arms supplies are "escalating the conflict" and making it more difficult to find a peaceful resolution.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Ukraine is also open to negotiations, but that Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine before any talks can take place. Zelensky has also said that Ukraine will not give up any of its territory in any negotiations with Russia.

The United States and other Western countries have said that they will continue to provide military aid to Ukraine. They say that the aid is necessary to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression.

The conflict in Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. The conflict escalated in February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The war has caused a humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced from their homes.