Vladimir Putin, Russia’s leader, spoke at an online meeting called the G20 summit.
He said Russia is open to talking about peace in Ukraine even though there’s a war happening.
“Yes, of course, military actions are always a tragedy,” Putin said. “And of course, we should think about how to stop this tragedy. By the way, Russia has never refused peace talks with Ukraine.”
He called the fighting a sad thing but also said Russia had to invade because they thought Ukraine’s government was changing in a bad way.
When Putin spoke, only a few countries were listening, like Spain, Singapore, and others, but big countries like China and the US didn’t join in.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said it’s tough for his soldiers in the east because it’s getting very cold. Pictures show it’s already snowing in some places.
Putin also talked about Russia giving free grain to Africa. He said the world’s economy is changing, and countries in Asia and Africa should have more say in big world organizations.
Russia also said they’re worried about their relationship with the US. They’re scared things might get worse between them.
Zelensky said his soldiers are having a hard time fighting in the cold weather in the east, but they’re still trying to win in the south.
The war started in 2022, and even though Ukraine is trying, they haven’t been able to change things a lot.
As it gets colder, it’s even harder for the soldiers. This war is making things tough for everyone.
In his speech, Putin talked about how Russia wants to cooperate with other countries, but things are still tense between some big countries.