Two European leaders over the weekend urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his country's hostilities in Ukraine and return to the negotiating table as the war nears the 100-day mark.
In a Saturday phone call, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke with Putin
asking him to hold "direct" and "serious" talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In a statement, the Kremlin said Russia "is open to renewing dialogue with Kyiv." But Putin also warned Macron and Scholz against further arms supplies to Ukraine
Negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv have been frozen for weeks. Ukrainian officials responded skeptically to the development.
"Any agreements with Russia aren't worth a penny. Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always cynically and propagandistically lies?": A member of Ukraine's negotiation team wrote.