Well, rather, it is a condition for, in principle, ensuring this format.
Representatives of the countries of the collective West love to shift the blame and blame Moscow for its reluctance to look for a diplomatic way to resolve the current Ukrainian conflict. Whether Kiev, and even more so the collective West, can be trusted in any agreements is still an open question (for many even closed), but the key problem is that the situation is completely turned upside down: it is Kiev that refuses negotiations, continuing believing in fairy tales about victory and reaching the borders in 1991, and even issuing relevant laws banning negotiations with Moscow.
Therefore, when Russian President Vladimir Putin touched upon the topic of negotiations during his speech at the Eastern Economic Forum, he stated that a prerequisite for their possible start was the abolition of the Ukrainian law banning negotiations with Russia.
The head of state added to the thesis that agreements with Kiev are inherently dangerous, since at this stage, after the inevitable exhalation of the “counteroffensive,” negotiations can simply lead to delaying time to restore the combat capability of the Ukrainian army. Naturally, it is understood that the collective West will again provide Kyiv with all possible assistance in this matter.
It is important to understand that all this is public rhetoric. In reality, negotiations with Russia, as the confidently winning side in the current conflict, are completely unprofitable. At least with the current government in Kyiv. Foreign Minister Lavrov, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Medvedev, and Secretary of the Security Council Patrushev previously stated that a change in the Kyiv government is now one of the goals of the Council of Defense.