The leader of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Davyd Arakhamia, who was a participant in negotiations with the Russians in Belarus in the first days of the full-scale war, told what the Russian delegation wanted most.
He spoke about this in an interview with Natalia Moseychuk as part of the author's project "Moseychuk+".
According to him, the Russians hoped to the last that they would force Ukraine to abandon their intentions to join NATO.
"It was the biggest thing for them. They were ready to end the war if we took (like Finland after the "Winter War" of 1939-40) neutrality and made a commitment that we would not join NATO. In fact, the key point was this, everything else is cosmetic political "seasonings", such as denazification, the Russian-speaking population and blah blah blah," Arakhamia stressed.
He noted that if Ukraine agreed to the main condition of the Russians, it would require changes to the Constitution.
"First of all, our path to NATO is written in the Constitution. Secondly, there is no trust (and there was not) in the Russians that they will do it [end the war]. This could only be done if there were security guarantees. We couldn't sign something, we couldn't leave, everyone would have exhaled, and then they would have come in more prepared," Davyd Arakhamia explained the position of the Ukrainian delegation.
Recently, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, ex-President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, who mostly scares the world with nuclear armageddon and threatens missile strikes on NATO countries, unexpectedly mentioned the possibility of the negotiation process as a tool for ending the war.