Russia is reportedly ready to begin talks with Ukraine.
This as Moscow’s military campaign in Kiev is in its second day.
President Vladimir Putin says that he will send a high-level delegation for talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk.
This comes Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for direct talks with President Putin in a video message earlier today.
The Russian president had long decried the United States and NATO’s deliberate ignorance to Moscow’s security concerns.
He accuses them of repeatedly failing to honour their commitments, which resulted in their expansion of military deployments in Eastern Europe, near Russian borders.
This move effectively challenged Russia’s key red line.
Yesterday, President Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine, stressing that Moscow had “no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory.”
The incursion into Ukraine came at the request of two self-declared breakaway republics.
President Putin has said that the operation will only focus on the two regions and not include the capital Kiev.