Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Russia is not worried about U.S. and European sanctions as punishment for invading Ukraine because Russia long ago gamed out every possible sanctions move and fortified its economy to withstand them.
“The emotional reaction of the markets and in the financial sector was predicted. All necessary measures have been taken to ensure this period is over as quickly as possible,” Peskov said at a press conference.
The Kremlin spokesman scoffed at the notion of Western diplomatic and economic sanctions isolating Russia from the rest of the world in retaliation for invading Ukraine.
“It’s simply impossible to cut off a country like Russia with an iron curtain,” Peskov said, referring to the famed Iron Curtain metaphor for the Cold War.
“Of course, we may have problems with a number of states, but we had problems with these states even before that,” he said.
Peskov repeated leader Vladimir Putin’s weird statement that “demilitarization and de-Nazification” are Russia’s goals, and insisted conquering Ukraine is not an objective – unless the Ukrainians make that necessary by resisting too vigorously.
“Ideally, Ukraine needs to be liberated and cleansed of Nazis,” he said. President Volodymyr Zelensky is the first Jewish leader of Ukraine, a fact never taken into account in Russia’s “Nazi” smears.
“No one is talking about occupation. Such wording is unacceptable. We only pursue the goals set out by the president, the rest is a question of choice by the Ukrainian people,” Peskov said.
Earlier today Peskov spoke about terms of surrender
Moscow is willing to negotiate terms of surrender with Kiev regarding the Russian military offensive currently underway in Ukraine, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, RT reported.
According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his preparedness to engage in discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with a focus on obtaining a guarantee of neutral status and the promise of no weapons on its territory, the report said.
“The President formulated his vision of what we would expect from Ukraine in order for the so-called ‘red-line’ problems to be resolved. This is neutral status, and this is a refusal to deploy weapons,” Peskov clarified.
The Press Secretary added that Putin would determine the timing of the negotiations, but gave assurances that Russia would only engage “if the leadership of Ukraine is ready to talk about it”, RT reported.
“The operation has its goals — they must be achieved. The President said that all decisions have been made, and the goals will be achieved,” Peskov continued.