Outside of bilateral discussions in Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin outlined three conditions for a ceasefire in a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday. He claims that ending the war requires Ukraine’s disarmament, Western acceptance of Russia’s sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, and Ukraine’s neutrality.

Putin’s reference to Ukraine’s neutrality appears to be a reference to the country’s rejection of NATO and the West.

Since the Ukraine crisis, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been a prominent mediator.

Putin, according to the Kremlin, emphasized that the war could only be ended if Russia’s own security interests were fully considered.

In other news, the Kremlin claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed the country’s nuclear weapons system on “particular alert” in response to comments made by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and others. Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, said there had been “unacceptable” remarks about potential “clashes” between NATO and Moscow over Russia’s war on Ukraine. At this time, it is unknown what he will do after leaving the position. However, on Sunday, the British Foreign Secretary warned that if Russia is not stopped, more countries will be threatened, potentially leading to a NATO battle. 

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