By Man Faulconbridge

MOSCOW (Reuters) –President Vladimir Putin stated on Tuesday that Russia could be ready to speak to Ukraine, the USA and Europe about the way forward for Ukraine in the event that they wished to, however that Moscow would defend its nationwide pursuits.

Putin, who despatched troops into Ukraine in 2022, has repeatedly stated he could be ready to speak about peace, although Western officers say he’s ready for the U.S. presidential election in November earlier than making a real effort.

“In Ukraine, those that are aggressive in direction of Russia, and in Europe and in the USA – do they wish to negotiate? Allow them to. However we are going to do it based mostly on our nationwide pursuits,” Putin informed a gathering of the defence management in Moscow.

“We is not going to hand over what’s ours,” Putin stated, including that Russia didn’t intend to battle with Europe.

Russia controls about 17.5% of the territory that was internationally recognised as a part of Ukraine when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and final 12 months stated the 4 extra areas of Ukraine that its troops partially management are a part of Russia. Kyiv says it is not going to relaxation till each final Russian soldier is ejected from Ukraine.


Putin spoke at a gathering of the defence ministry which was attended by the navy high brass, together with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Basic Valery Gerasimov, chief of the overall employees, in addition to Federal Safety Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov.

Russian troops, Putin stated, now had the initiative on the battlefield.

“We’re not going to desert the targets of the particular navy operation,” Putin stated, although he added that Russia wanted higher navy communication, reconnaissance, focusing on and satellite tv for pc functionality.

He stated Russia’s defence business was responding sooner than that of the West and stated Russia would proceed to improve its nuclear forces and hold its fight readiness at a excessive stage.

Russia’s manufacturing of tanks has elevated since February 2022 by 5.6 occasions, unmanned aerial autos by 16.8 occasions and artillery shells by 17.5 occasions, Shoigu stated.

He stated Russia had taken on 490,000 contract and voluntary troopers in 2023. Subsequent 12 months, Russia will attempt to increase that contracted pressure to 745,000 males.

Russian forces have laid 7,000 km of minefields in Ukraine – some as much as 600 metres extensive, together with 1.5 million anti-tank limitations and a couple of,000 km of anti-tank ditches, Shoigu stated.

Putin stated Ukrainian membership of NATO “shouldn’t be acceptable for Russia in 10 years, and never in 20”.

(Reporting by Man Faulconbridge; Enhancing by Kevin Liffey and Hugh Lawson)

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