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Ukraine's President Calls On Putin To Begin Peace Negotiations

Volodymyr Zelensky called on Russian President Vladimir Putin “to sit down at the negotiating table to stop the death of people,” the Ukrainian President said in a video message early on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russian troops are reportedly advancing to Kyiv, and there have been numerous reports of airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital and other cities overnight.

 “Today at 10:30 am at the entrances to Chernihiv, Hostomel and Melitopol there were heavy fighting. People died,” Zelensky said on Twitter early on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, as carried by ABC News:

“We are ready for negotiations, at any moment, as soon as the Armed Forces of Ukraine respond to the call of our president to cease resistance and lay down their arms. No one intends to attack them.”

Lavrov was speaking during a televised meeting in Moscow with pro-Russian separatist leaders from eastern Ukraine.

Russia attacked Ukraine early on Thursday, confirming the worst-case scenarios of the U.S., which had been warning for weeks that an invasion was imminent.

Fears of commodity shortages – from oil and gas to wheat and corn – sent all commodity prices soaring on Thursday, while equity markets globally plunged.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that his phone conversation with Putin on Thursday was on behalf of Zelensky, who could not reach Putin directly.

“It was also to ask him to discuss with President Zelensky, who had requested that, because he could not reach him,” Macron said, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.

The French president, who had sought a diplomatic path out of a conflict before the invasion occurred, admitted that Putin had been deceptive discussing potential talks while planning to invade Ukraine.

“Yes, there was duplicity. Yes, there was a deliberate, conscious choice to launch war when we could still negotiate peace,” Macron said on Friday, after an EU summit in Brussels.

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 25 2022 said:
    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky could have saved facing Russia’s wrath if only he didn’t let his country being manipulated by the United States and the European Union (EU) and declared that his country is no longer interested in joining NATO and that it intends to keep the best relations with its neighbour Russia.

    He now wants to negotiate with President Putin to end the bloodshed and has asked French President Macron to convey his message to Putin when he could have done this before Russian troops reached the gates of his capital Kyiv.

    But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, Russia is ready for negotiations only once the Ukraine Armed Forces respond to President Putin’s call to lay down their arms.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • DoRight Deikins on February 26 2022 said:
    What lever does Pres. Zelensky have to offer at the negotiating table? Perhaps he can threaten Pres. Putin with his deep personal friendship with the Biden family? Perhaps Pres. Macron will intercede to help him to set up a Vichy govt for Ukraine so that they can still keep their 'honor'?

    How sad for the good people of Ukraine.
  • Lee James on February 26 2022 said:
    Negotiating with Russia is only one of President Zelenskys options. He holds open the possibility of negotiating. Zelensky is not counting on negotiation with Putin. Ukrainians are prouder than Putin thinks.

    Hello Russian citizens, Putin must go.

    These comments touch on political figures. In our daily life, the world needs to lighten up on burning fossil fuel. Especially, we all need to avoid purchasing Russian fossil fuel. As some folks say, "starve the Beast," and this case, the Russian war machine. My apologies to the Russian people for any inconvenience.

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