David Arakhamiia, head of the Servant of the People parliamentary party, believes that an opportunity to resume negotiations with the Russian Federation may appear in the second half of 2023.
Source: Arakhamiia on air during the national 24/7 newscast on Saturday; quoted on Telegram
Quote from Arakhamiia: In answer to the question of when it will be possible to talk about negotiations with the Russian Federation: "Honestly, I believe that it will be when the electoral cycles start working in both Russia and the United States, that is, sometime in the second half of next year, when the presidential race in the US will start. There will also be presidential elections in Russia in 2024. And everyone will need to show some results politically.
I don't think Putin is capable of demonstrating any military successes, so maybe they will try on the diplomatic front to demonstrate something to their people."
Details: The head of the parliamentary party also expressed the opinion that Russia is now raising the issue of negotiations again, as it needs time "to recharge".
"They are regrouping, there are problems with weapons, with ammunition. They just need time to strengthen their positions. We will not give them that time," he emphasised.
At the same time, Arakhamiia noted on Telegram that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy clearly stated the conditions under which negotiations with Russia can be held: "restoration of [Ukraine’s ed.] territorial integrity, compensation for all damages, punishment of all war criminals, effective guarantees that this will not happen again."
"An important factor is the electoral cycles of both our allies and the occupier country. But our position has not changed. Ukraine will sit down at the negotiating table when our conditions are met," Arahamiia emphasised.