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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of “sabotaging” negotiations between the two countries.
The Kremlin cited comments made in a 45-minute phone call with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehamer on Friday.
The Russian leader pledged to fulfill commitments to deliver natural gas and said he was ready to discuss the Prisoner exchange with Ukraine.
Russia said it had reaffirmed its commitment to comply with contractual obligations on natural gas supplies to Austria; The country gets 80% of its gas from Russia.
Niemer said Putin also expressed his willingness to discuss a prisoner exchange.
According to Reuters, he said: “If he is really willing to negotiate, it is a complex question.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky He said on Friday that while Ukraine was not eager to have a dialogue with Putin, he understood that communication would be necessary to end the war.
“There are things to discuss with the Russian leader. I’m not telling you that our people are eager to talk to him, but we have to face the realities of what we’re experiencing,” he said.
On Thursday, the Kremlin said that Ukraine expects to accept Russia’s demands and “understanding the de facto real situation.”
Previously, Zelensky called for outside help to put pressure on Russia over the prisoner exchange.
“People exchange – this is a humanitarian issue today and a very political decision that depends on the support of many countries,” he said Monday in a Q&A video at the World Economic Forum.
“We don’t need Russian soldiersWe just need us.”
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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