The Kremlin considers it “impossible” to isolate Russia in the modern world

The Kremlin on Sunday considered it “impossible” to isolate Russia in the contemporary world, at a time when the country is facing a series of unprecedented Western sanctions over its military intervention in Ukraine.

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“There can be no isolation from Russia, it is technically impossible in the modern world,” said Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, in an interview with the Russian public television channel Russia 1, extracts from which were published by Russian news agencies.

“Russia itself is much larger than Europe,” he added.

International sanctions against Russia have escalated since the start of its military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

“But sooner or later we will have to establish a dialogue, whether someone wants it across the Atlantic or not,” Peskov stressed.

He also noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “never refused to meet” with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to find a solution aimed at ending hostilities in Ukraine.

“Hypothetically, such a meeting is possible,” said Mr. Peskov, stressing the need for the Russian and Ukrainian delegations involved in the peace negotiations to first reach a “concrete” agreement by which to normalize relations between the two countries.

He insisted “not a number of ideas, but a concrete written document”.

The chief Russian negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, estimated earlier today that it was too early to organize a meeting between the MM. Putin and Zelensky.

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