Russian President, Vladimir Putin has said he does not reject the idea of peace talks on Ukraine.
Putin stated this after meeting African leaders in St Petersburg, he said an African and Chinese initiative could serve as a basis for finding peace.
He also said it was hard to implement a ceasefire when the Ukrainian army was on the offensive.
Ukraine and Russia have previously said they will not come to the negotiating table without certain preconditions.
Ukraine wants its borders as they were in 1991 to be reinstated, something the Kremlin is deeply opposed to.
Moscow argues instead that for negotiations to take place, Kyiv would have to accept its country’s “new territorial reality”.
Putin told the late-night press conference on Saturday that there were no plans to intensify action on the Ukrainian front for now.
He also defended the Kremlin’s arrest of critical voices, claiming some people were harming Russia from the inside.
In the wide-ranging briefing, the Russian president told reporters that Moscow carried out some “preventive strikes” after an explosion on a Crimean bridge earlier this month.
Following the bridge incident, which left two people dead, Putin vowed to respond to what he claimed was a “terrorist” act by Ukraine. Kyiv did not officially say it was responsible for the blast on the bridge, which links the occupied peninsula to Russia.
The Russia-Africa summit comes after an African contingent including leaders and representatives from seven countries met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Putin last month.
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