Putin Indicates Russia Still Open To Peace With Ukraine

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Over the past week, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated at multiple appearances that Russia is still willing to reach a peace agreement with Ukraine. Putin said the demilitarization of Ukraine remains a “fundamental goal” and even suggested the possibility that Russia would need to create a “buffer zone” to protect its territory.  Putin said that Russia would be willing to move forward with what he claimed was a “draft treaty” reached with Ukraine last year but from which Ukraine backed out after Russia withdrew its forces from around Kiev.  A peace agreement would also be contingent on the West ending weapons supplies to Ukraine.  Putin reiterated that Russia would not use nuclear weapons except to defend itself, but also said that as the U.S. and other countries get more involved in Ukraine, the greater the chance for a “serious international security crisis.”