This is an unpublished interview in the real context : that of Dmitri Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Poutine† Filmed and broadcast the day before on LCIA this Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 5 p.m., the right arm of the Russian president answers questions from journalist Darius Rochebin for twenty-four minutes. Need a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin, resigning from any responsibility of the Russian army in the crimes committed in Boutcha† Russian losses… Here’s what to remember from this interview.
A meeting “at the highest level” between Putin and Zelensky
The Kremlin spokesman, who digressed on Ukraine’s political history for the first time since 2014, eventually called Volodymyr Zelensky a “President of Ukraine”† The latter then thought that there should be a meeting “at the highest level” between Vladimir Putin and Volodomyr Zelensky. An announcement with strong symbolism as the two heads of state switch tentatively through their Western counterparts.
Dmitry Peskov refutes any responsibility of the Russian army in the crimes in Boutcha
As for the allegations pointing to: the responsibility of the Russian army in the crimes that took place in Boutcha many of whose images sparked outrage around the world last weekend, Dmitry Peskov stuck to the Kremlin’s rhetoric, namely: deny any Russian involvement† † We completely deny the idea that our military personnel could be involved in such crimes (particularly those committed in Boutcha).”he assured before sentencing: “the fact that the images, recordings and photographs you may have seen are the result of an orchestrated forgery”† Asked about the satellite images we see corpses, the date of which corresponds to the presence of the Russian army in Boutcha, the spokesman maintained his comments. “We insist that these satellite images need to be examined very thoroughly”he declared.
France’s “very special role” compared to other western powers
Asked about France’s place in the context of the war, with reference to the numerous exchanges between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir PoutineDmitry Peskov assured him: “France played a very special role. † The latter has been praised on several occasions “Emmanuel Macron’s Efforts” That “are much appreciated”such as “the ongoing dialogue taking place with President Putin and the efforts to facilitate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia”† He finally concluded that “Few countries can afford to do the same, and France and Macron are among those exceptional cases”†
Faced with the risk of US weapons in Poland, Russia will deploy more in the West
Dmitry Peskov then responded to the possibility of the presence of US nuclear weapons in Poland, saying he was prepared to permanent US nuclear weapons on its territory. ‘It would be a big threat to us’he said, before adding: “We will make sure that that our nuclear energy is sufficient to delay the deployment of new nuclear weapons in Poland”he explained, implying that the possibility of Russia deploying more weapons on the western border was “unavoidable”† And to finish: “The question is that of the balance of forces and if the imbalance appears on the one hand, there must be a rebalancing on the other. †
The “Tragic Figures” of Russian Losses
Asked about the losses of the Russian army in UkraineDmitry Peskov referred to the figures of the Ministry of Defense, without giving them. “These are tragic figures, but it is a military operation”he stated, considering that the “Nationalist elements prevent civilians from fleeing and do not allow the operation to take place normally. †
Requirements for Negotiations with Ukraine
Dmitri Peskov also indicated that the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kiev region was a gesture to restart negotiations. He believed that there was still a long way to go and set conditions for the negotiations, namely: Ukraine’s neutrality and Russia’s inalienable membership in Crimea.
A “resistance” that will not be enough “to stop the offensive”
Questioned by the Ukrainian resistance and the Western aid enabling the country to withstand the Russian invasion, Dmitri Peskov acknowledged the presence of a “resistance” and “material damage caused by these weapons”† However, he quickly clarified that: “These weapons will not be enough to stop our offensive and will not prevent us from achieving our objectives”†