According to Peskov, the text of the agreement must be drawn up before a possible meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents. “There is no room for innovation. In principle, the president does not reject such a meeting, but appropriate conditions must be prepared for it, specifically the text of the document, “said Peskov. “I can’t tell you anything new yet,” he added.
According to TASS, Peskov spoke in connection with Turkey’s mediation efforts. According to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, only Ankara is able to ensure that progress is made in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. In the meantime, however, Putin said that the Ukrainian side had stopped adhering to the agreements agreed during the March meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul, which put the talks at a dead end.
The Kremlin intends to inform Putin of a possible telephone conversation with Erdogan only after it has taken place. “If and when such a conversation takes place, we will inform you immediately,” Peskov promised.
Medvedev warned against placing nuclear weapons in the Baltics
One of Russia’s closest allies, Vladimir Putin, warned NATO on Thursday that if Sweden and Finland join a US-led military alliance, Russia would deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in an exclave in the heart of Europe. Finland, which shares a 13-kilometer border with Russia, and Sweden are considering joining NATO. Finland will decide in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.
Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, Medvedev, said that if Sweden and Finland joined NATO, Russia would have to strengthen its land, naval and air forces in the Baltic Sea. He also explicitly drew attention to the nuclear threat, saying that it was no longer possible to speak of a “nuclear-free” Baltic – where Russia had its Kaliningrad exclave between Poland and Lithuania.
“There can be no question of any non-nuclear status in the Baltics – the balance must be restored,” said Medvedev, who was Russian president from 2008 to 2012. Medvedev expressed hope that Finland and Sweden would “make sense”. If not, they say they will have to live with nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles near their home.
“To date, Russia has not taken such measures and has not prepared to do so,” Medvedev said. “If you push us to do so, please note that it was not us who designed it,” he added.
Russian threats to increase military presence in the Baltic Sea region, including nuclear weapons, are nothing new, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Shimonyté responded to Medvedev’s words. “There is nothing new about Russia threatening. “Kaliningrad is a very militarized zone, it has been for many years and it is in the Baltic,” she said.
Up to ten thousand refugees come to Hungary every day
Due to fighting and intense shelling, the people of Ukraine are fleeing to the countries in the west. More than 601,000 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Hungary since the beginning of the Russian invasion, and nine to ten thousand more are added every day, according to MTI agency György Bakondi, chief security adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“Hungary helps by sending charitable aid, as well as by receiving refugees, providing them with medical care, transporting accommodation and work, or organizing their next trip. But our priority is the safety of the Hungarians and we do not want to involve Hungary in this war, “said Bakondi.
The Orban government, unlike other EU countries and other Western states, does not send military aid to Kiev and does not allow weapons to be transported through Hungarian territory. Orbán also spoke of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a rival, and while European countries expelled Russian diplomats, Budapest summoned the Ukrainian ambassador.