Ritter explained in an interview with an American newspaper, that "many who trusted the idea of Ukraine's victory, are pushing for the settlement of the conflict through negotiation, while acknowledging the loss of Russian-controlled territory in exchange for peace." Russia has already sent a note to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia. On more than one occasion it is ready to negotiate, but the Kiev authorities refused to do so, banning it at the legislative level.According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia has never closed the door to dialogue, but the other side must declare its intentions clearly and directly.