Putin says ready to continue talks with Ukraine, but on previous agreements



Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko deliver a joint media statement following their talks at the Independence Palace in Minsk on May 24, 2024. [Pool photo via Sputnik]

MINSK -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia is ready to continue negotiations with Ukraine, but only based on the agreements reached before.

"Well, let them (negotiations) return, but not from what one side wants, but based on those agreements reached during negotiations in Belarus and Turkey and based on the current situation on the ground," Putin told a press conference following talks with his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko, in Minsk.

The Istanbul agreements satisfied both the Ukrainian and the Russian sides in 2022, Putin said, adding that Russia supports the resumption of negotiations with Ukraine.