• There was no speedy response from the Ukrainian authorities to Putin’s feedback
  • Putin visited Iran and likewise met Erdogan in Turkey
  • Putin says Russia is able to make approach for Ukraine’s grain exports
  • The Russian bombing of the cities of Ukraine continues

July 20 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday that Moscow noticed no want from Ukraine to satisfy the phrases of what he known as an preliminary peace deal agreed in March.

Putin advised reporters in televised feedback after a go to to Iran that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had been providing mediation between Russia and Ukraine, which Russian forces invaded in late February.

There was no speedy response from the Ukrainian authorities to Putin’s feedback within the early hours of Wednesday.

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Requested a few doable assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Putin stated, with out elaborating, Kyiv didn’t abide by the phrases of the preliminary peace settlement which he stated was “virtually achieved” in March.

“The top results of course … depends upon the willingness of the contracting events to implement the agreements which were reached. In the present day we see that the authorities in Kyiv don’t have any such want.”

Negotiations came about in March, with either side submitting proposals however no breakthrough. On the time, Zelensky stated that solely a tangible final result from the talks could possibly be trusted.

Putin met Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Tuesday, cementing ties between the 2 nations underneath Western sanctions.

Throughout his go to to Iran, Putin additionally met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to debate a deal that might resume Ukrainian grain exports within the Black Sea, now besieged by Russia.

Putin, who was proven by Russia’s state TV answering media questions on the finish of his go to to Iran, stated Russia was able to facilitate Ukrainian grain exports by means of the Black Sea, but in addition wished to take away remaining restrictions on Russia’s grain exports.

The Russian chief had stated on Tuesday that not all points associated to grain shipments had been resolved but, “however the truth that there may be actually good motion.” Learn extra

It was Putin’s first private assembly with a NATO chief for the reason that invasion by Russian forces and was a message to the West about Russian plans for nearer strategic ties with Iran, China and India to assist offset Western sanctions imposed over the invasion.


White Home nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby stated the journey reveals how remoted Russia is. Learn extra

Kirby additionally stated america was making ready to unveil one other arms deal to Ukraine. Citing US intelligence, he accused Russia of paving the way in which for the annexation of Ukrainian territory, which was denied by the Russian embassy. Learn extra

The Kremlin has stated there isn’t any time restrict to the battle, which it calls a “particular navy operation” to make sure its safety. Ukraine and the West condemn it as an unjustified struggle of aggression towards its neighbor.

Zelensky’s chief of employees, Andrei Yermak, stated in an interview with {a magazine} printed on Tuesday that Russia was making an attempt to “drag” Ukraine right into a protracted battle till winter. Learn extra

“It is extremely vital for us not to enter winter. After winter, when the Russians have extra time to dig, it’ll definitely be tougher” for any Ukrainian counterattack, Yermak stated.

British navy intelligence stated, on Wednesday, that the Russian offensive within the jap Donbass area continues to make small features as Ukrainian forces stay in management.

It has been greater than two weeks since Russia’s final main territorial acquire – the seize of town of Lyschansk within the Donbass.

The Ukrainian Normal Workers reported large-scale bombing and assaults in varied areas of the nation.

The Normal Workers stated: “Within the path of Bakhmut, the occupiers are conducting fight operations with the purpose of making the circumstances for an assault on town of Bakhmut and the seizure of the territory of the Vogljirsk energy plant.”

“There’s a scarcity of ammunition, meals and water within the enemy items,” she added, with out elaborating.

Regional governors stated on Telegram that 5 civilians had been killed and 16 wounded by Russian forces within the Donetsk area, whereas two civilians had been killed within the bombing of town of Nikopol within the south.

Reuters was not instantly capable of confirm the Ukrainian accounts.

Ukrainian authorities stated that not less than one individual was killed in a Russian missile assault on town of Kramatorsk in jap Ukraine.

“I felt a very robust explosion and understood that he was someplace right here,” stated Valentina, 70, an area resident whose son-in-law, Maxim, was significantly injured within the assault.

“I known as my daughter and stated Maxim is not answering the cellphone. He should have been fired then,” she cried.

gasoline exports

Because the struggle dragged on, fears grew that Russia would minimize off pure gasoline provides to Europe.

In response, the European Union is contemplating a voluntary 15% minimize in the usage of pure gasoline by member states beginning subsequent month, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing EU diplomats.

Brussels is predicted to publish plans on Wednesday on how the 27 member states of the European Union can scale back gasoline use. The precise variety of the minimize goal was not laid out in a draft doc of the plan seen by Reuters. Learn extra

Vitality large Gazprom managed by the Kremlin (GAZP.MM) Putin stated he was prepared to meet his commitments on gasoline exports, and was not chargeable for lowering gasoline transportation capability, together with the closure of one of many routes by means of Ukraine to Europe by way of Kyiv. Learn extra

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