Did Russia and Ukraine sign a peace agreement in Spring 2022, as Vladimir Putin claimed?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Vladimir Putin : Russia + Ukraine Signed Peace Agreement In 2022!
People are sharing a video of Russian President Vladimir Putin showing South African President Cyril Ramaphosa a document, claiming that Russia signed a peace agreement with Ukraine in the spring of 2022!
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Truth : Russia + Ukraine Never Signed Peace Agreement In 2022
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by Vladimir Putin himself, and propagated by his supporters to diminish support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Russia + Ukraine Held Multiple Peace Talks In 2022
Russia and Ukraine held multiple rounds of peace talks during the 2022-2023 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The first round occurred within days of Russia’s invasion on the Belarus-Ukraine border – on 28 February, 3 March, and 7 March. More talks were held in Turkey on 10 March, and more negotiations started on 14 March.
Fact #2 : Sergei Lavrov Dismissed Ukrainian Peace Deal In April 2022
On 7 April 2022, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Moscow rejected a draft peace deal from Ukraine, saying that it contained “unacceptable” elements that deviated from proposals that both sides’ negotiators had earlier agreed on.
The new draft, according to Lavrov, said that the status of Crimea should be raised at a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It also said that Ukraine can hold military drills with other countries without Russia’s permission.
He also said that peace talks with Ukraine were not progressing as quickly as Russia would like, and accused the West of trying to derail negotiations by accusing Russian troops of war crimes in Ukraine.
Fact #3 : Russia + Ukraine Peace Talks Failed By July 2022
By July 2022, both Ukraine and Russia announced that peace talks had failed:
- July 13 : Ukrainian foreign minster Dmytro Kuleba said that peace talks are frozen for the time being
- July 19 : Dmitry Medvedev said that “Russia will achieve all its goals. There will be peace – on our terms”
In other words – both Russia and Ukraine did not sign any peace agreement in the spring of 2022, as claimed.
Fact #4 : Vladimir Putin Rejected Ukrainian Peace Deal
On September 14, 2022, Reuters reported that Vladimir Putin rejected a provisional deal, in which Ukraine agreed to stay out of NATO.
His own chief envoy on Ukraine, Dmitry Kozak, told him that the deal would remove the need for Russia to pursue a large-scale occupation of Ukraine, and recommended that Putin adopt the peace deal.
However, Putin decided to reject the provisional peace agreement Kozak hammered out with the Ukrainians, and pressed ahead with his “special military operation”.
According to sources close to Russian leadership, Putin changed his mind and decided that any peace deal must include the newly-annexed Ukrainian territory.
Fact #5 : Russia + Ukraine Said Peace Deal Was Impossible
It is funny for Vladimir Putin to now claim that Russia and Ukraine had earlier signed a peace agreement in 2022, when Russia continued its invasion of Ukraine.
On top of that, both Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said that for any peace plan to be acceptable, Ukraine must recognise Russia’s September 2022 annexation of its territory.
After that, Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would not hold peace talks with Russia, while Putin remained Russian president, and even signed a decree to ban any further peace talks.
Then in January 2023, Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that “there is currently no prospect for diplomatic means of settling the situation around Ukraine”.
Up till Putin’s remarkable claim in June 2023, both Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly said that they cannot come to an agreement. Needless to say – no peace agreement was ever signed.
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Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake News About Ukraine
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