Rugoz wrote:A peaceful resolution stands at the end of every conflict. Talks are fine, and of course they happen. But notice how Putin never talked with Zelensky, even though the latter asked for it multiple times.
I don't care whether you want to trust Russia or not but the only way to find out is by talking. If it was Putin and not Zelensky who weltched on what was might have been as the "Istanbul agreement" or it was Russia not Ukraine that didn't implement the Minsk agreement I may even be as skeptical as you. The truth is it does seem like Russia are pushing for talks more than Ukraine despite being on the offensive and until talks resume we cannot possibly know whether they can succeed or not.
As for Zelensky meeting Putin, actually he could have. Russia wanted a framework to begin face to face negotiations so the meeting would have been finalising the finishing touches, the talks were pretty much there and then when Russia rolled back Zelensky had the warcrimes bollocks idea and he then rolled back on givung up on NATO membership given he thought he had the upperhand. That seems to have been a mistake. How much more land does Zelensky want to lose before he is forced back to the negotiation table I wonder? But the longer the conflict the weaker his hand.