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Turkey: Here are Putin’s demands for peace

According to the BBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, then revealed what was needed for him to agree to a peace deal.

According to one of Erdogan’s aides, Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be asked to negotiate directly with each other.

According to the adviser, Putin’s demands consist of two categories, with the requirements in the first seen as relatively easy for Ukraine to accept. It concerns, for example, the neutrality of the state and the lack of application for membership in NATO, which President Volodymyr Zelensky has already talked about.

Requires military disarmament

The first category also includes demands for Ukraine’s military disarmament, protection for the Russian language, and “de-Nazification” of the country, an expression that has caused astonishment to the outside world because Zelensky is Jewish and has relatives killed. in the Holocaust.

The Turkish spokesperson says the second category can be more difficult to negotiate. Without going into details, he says that it is about the status of Crimea and the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Russia has already said it wants Kyiv to recognize Crimea as part of Russia and officially recognize the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbass region.

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