The world is waiting for Putin’s words on Ukraine, but on that he is silent

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov said this week when asked about Russia’s position: “First, give feedback. “The position will then be built on the conceptual guidelines provided by the head of state.”

Behind the scenes, in the Kremlin’s narrative, Mr. Putin has been very busy. In the last two weeks, Putin has spoken by phone with the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Finland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Venezuela. He Welcoming the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, at the Kremlin.

But right now, it seems the silence on Ukraine is the signal.

Ms. Stanovaya, who has studied Mr. Putin for many years, said she has seen three possible explanations for the president’s silence. After taking his hardline stance, demanding immediate concessions from the West late last year, Mr Putin may find it unhelpful to repeat himself and is giving way back and forth to diplomats. mine. It could also be that he sees a glimmer of hope for a possible deal and wants to avoid saying anything about it for now. Or he may have decided on a military action and is preparing to take it while awaiting a formal response.

Stanovaya said of Putin: “We will still get a response from him.

Instead of publicly discussing Ukraine, Putin held a televised meeting on Wednesday with government officials in which he addressed crypto regulation and the pandemic. According to Vincenzo Trani, president of the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce, his video conference earlier in the day with Italian business executives went an hour longer than planned.

The meeting went “very friendly,” Trani said. But there was no mention, even in the non-protesters portion of the meeting, of the major geopolitical issue of the day.

“On the Ukraine issue, absolutely not, and the only thing related to the tension was when Putin answered Trani’s question about stability,” Mr. Trani said.

“I said that we have a great need for stability, and made it clear that he also meant stability in the region,” Mr. Trani said. The world is waiting for Putin’s words on Ukraine, but on that he is silent

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