Putin says Ukraine must withdraw troops, end NATO bid for peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Moscow would cease fire and begin peace talks “immediately” if Ukraine pulled back troops from four regions and gave up its NATO membership bid.

“As soon as Kyiv says it is ready to do this and begins really withdrawing troops and officially renounces plans to join NATO, we will immediately, literally that very minute, cease fire and begin talks,” Putin said at a meeting with Russian diplomats in Moscow.