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Russia and NATO Reacts to pope’s call for Ukraine to show ‘white flag’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, "The Pope's stance about peace talks is very understandable."

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Russia and NATO Reacts to pope's call for Ukraine to show 'white flag'

Moscow/Brussels, March 12: The Kremlin said on Monday that the Pope’s demand for talks on the Ukraine issue was quite reasonable. On the other hand, the NATO chief says that this is not the time to surrender.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, “The Pope’s stance about peace talks is very understandable.”

He said Putin has repeatedly said that Russia is always ready for negotiations.

But unfortunately, the Pope’s remarks and our stance were taken out of context by opponents and rejected, Peskov said.

Moscow’s peace talks offer is based on Kyiv should abandon those areas which Russia has seized and that is more than a sixth of Ukraine.

NATO chief General Jens Stoltenberg says that peace talks can take place when Ukraine’s right to self-determination is achieved and that Russian President Vladimir Putin realizes the fact that he cannot win in Ukraine.

“If there is to be a lasting solution to this problem, the only way to do is to make sure the access of military aid to Ukraine,” he told Reuters at  Brussels headquarters.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican’s representative, known as the Papal Nuncio, and expressed dismay at the Pope’s suggestion that Ukraine should show up a white flag or concede defeat against Russia.

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