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    Russia is ready for negotiations with Ukraine, but Moscow will not discuss the choice of residents of the four new regions of the Russian Federation. This was announced on Sunday, October 9, by the director of the second department of the CIS countries of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexei Polishchuk.

    stop the hostilities that have been ongoing since 2014 and return to dialogue.

    “We are ready for this, but, as already mentioned, we will not discuss the choice of residents of new regions of Russia. The Kyiv authorities should treat their expression of will with respect, otherwise the negotiations will not work,” Polishchuk said in an interview with TASS.

    Earlier, on October 5, the head of the Russian delegation at the talks in Vienna on military security and arms control, Konstantin Gavrilov, said that the US and NATO were inciting Ukraine to abandon negotiations and continue hostilities. Thus, according to the diplomat, the West puts European security at stake.

    The day before, Kyiv officially abandoned negotiations with Moscow. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of the country on the impossibility of holding negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

    This happened after September 30 during In his address to the Kremlin following the results of referendums in the liberated territories, Putin called on Kyiv to immediately stop hostilities and return to the negotiating table.

    the possibility of negotiations with Ukraine. Russia, according to him, does not refuse negotiations, but the longer Kyiv resists a diplomatic solution, the more difficult it will be to negotiate. with the Ukrainian side on the initiative of Kyiv. The last face-to-face round of talks between Russia and Ukraine took place on March 29 in Turkey. Prior to this, representatives of the parties met twice in Belarus.

    The special operation to protect Donbass, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, continues. The decision to hold it was made due to the aggravation of the situation in the region amid shelling by the Ukrainian military.

    More relevant videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch on Izvestia TV channel.

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