RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, showing the signed draft agreement with Ukraine, on June 17 made the following remarks when holding talks with African leaders who seek to mediate in the Ukraine conflict in St. Petersburg.
“The project of this deal (peace deal with Ukraine) was initialed by the head of the negotiations group from Kyiv. He signed it. Here it is. It exists. It is called ‘Deal on constant neutrality and safety guarantees to Ukraine ‘ Guarantees, like you already said my dear friend, the president the South African Republic. 18 articles. Moreover, there is an annex to this. I will not even talk about it in depth now. It has to do with military and other things. It’s all in ink. Up to the number of military equipment and number of troops.
Here is the document. It was initialed by the Kyiv delegation. Signature is there. But after we, as promised, drew our troops away from Kyiv, the Kyiv authorities, just like their owners usually do it, threw it all to the rubbish heap of history.
I’m putting it mildly, and trying to be polite. They turned it down. Where are the guarantees that they won’t give up any other agreements?”