Putin Says He Is Open To Peace; Medvedev Says Russia Would Use Nuclear Weapons

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he is still open to peace talks with Ukraine after meeting with some African leaders in St. Petersburg. Both African leaders and China have introduced peace initiatives but Putin has said that there would be no ceasefire as long as Ukraine was on the offensive. The Kremlin has also said that is interested in upcoming talks in Saudi Arabia.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “Of course, Russia will follow this meeting. We need to understand what goals are set and what will be discussed. Any attempt to promote a peaceful settlement deserves a positive evaluation.”  In stark contrast, however, to the statements made by Putin and Peskov, a social media post made by Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia could possibly use nuclear weapons if Ukraine’s counteroffensive is a success.