Russian President Vladimir Putin told French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that Russia would achieve the goals of its military intervention in Ukraine whatever happens, Reuters reported.
According to the readout, issued after a call between the French and Russian presidents, Putin reiterated his determination to obtain the neutralisation and disarmament of Ukraine.
“It was confirmed that, first of all, we are talking about the demilitarisation and neutral status of Ukraine, so that a threat to the Russian Federation will never emanate from its territory.
It was emphasised that the tasks of the special military operation will be fulfilled in any event, and attempts to gain time by dragging out negotiations will only lead to additional demands on Kiev in our negotiating position,” the Kremlin statement reads.
Russian president Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine on February 24 and launched a large-scale invasion.