President Vladimir Putin is open to talks on a possible deal in Ukraine, but the US refusal to recognize the annexed territories is making any attempt at a possible compromise difficult.
This is what the Kremlin declared this Friday, Reuters news agency reports.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said he was willing to talk to Putin if the Kremlin chief was looking for a way to end the war, but he said Putin had not hinted at such a thing.
"The president of the Russian Federation has always been and remains open to negotiations in order to protect our interests," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about Biden's statement.
"The preferred way to achieve our interests is through peace and diplomacy," Peskov said, while adding that "Putin has been and remains open to contacts and negotiations."
Putin has expressed no regrets over what Russia calls a "special military operation" against Ukraine and considers the war a historic moment when Russia finally stood up against the arrogant hegemony of the West, after decades of humiliation since the fall of the Union. Soviet Union in 1991.
Ukraine and the West say Putin has no justification for what they consider an imperialist-style invasion. Ukraine says it will fight until the last Russian soldier has left its territory.