Russian and Ukrainian Draft Peace Agreement Details Revealed by The Wall Street Journal

According to the Journal, the agreement, dated April 15, 2022, allowed Ukraine EU membership but excluded NATO. It also curbed Kiev's military and acknowledged Crimea as Russian territory

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Russian and Ukrainian Draft Peace Agreement Details Revealed by The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal has released purported details of a draft peace agreement allegedly discussed between Russia and Ukraine in the wake of the conflict’s outbreak in February 2022. Among Moscow’s key demands, according to the publication, was Ukraine’s commitment to neutrality.

While neither Russian nor Ukrainian officials have officially confirmed the terms mentioned in the article published by the US outlet on Friday, The WSJ asserted that a 17-page document dated April 15, 2022, allowed Ukraine to pursue EU membership while excluding NATO. Additionally, it outlined restrictions on Kiev’s military capabilities and acknowledged Crimea as part of Russia.

Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov responded to the report by acknowledging that a draft peace treaty had indeed been discussed a few weeks into the conflict, but stressed Russia’s opposition to its publication. Peskov attributed the breakdown of negotiations to a decision by Ukraine, allegedly influenced by the UK.

Despite initial optimism during talks in Istanbul in late March 2022, Russia later accused Ukraine of reneging on progress made, leading to a loss of trust in Kiev’s negotiators. Reports suggesting that former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intervened to dissuade Ukraine from further negotiations were corroborated by Ukraine’s chief negotiator, David Arakhamia, although Johnson denied involvement.

Peskov highlighted changing conditions, notably the incorporation of Donetsk and Lugansk into Russia following referendums in the fall of 2022, as outlined in Russia’s constitution. However, Kiev and its Western allies have refused to recognize the legitimacy of these votes.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the draft agreement did not address the status of these territories, which were slated for discussion in direct talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Zelensky that never materialized.

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