“President Erdogan said calls for peace and negotiations should be supported by a unilateral ceasefire and a vision for a fair solution.” According to the Russian readout, Putin emphasized the “destructive role of the Western states, which are pumping the Kiev regime full of weapons and military equipment and also providing operational and targeting information.” But, it added, “in view of President Erdogan’s offer for Turkiye to mediate a political settlement of the conflict, Vladimir Putin again reaffirmed that Russia is open to a serious dialogue – under the condition that the Kiev authorities meet the clear demands that have been repeatedly laid out and recognize the new territorial realities.”

The key phrase is “under the condition that the Kiev authorities meet the clear demands that have been repeatedly laid out, and recognize the new territorial realities.”This isn’t a basis for negotiations, but surrender on the part of the Ukrainians. Why would they enter into peace negotiations on this condition?. And yet, many on the left seem unaware of or simply ignore Putin’s bargaining posture.