Danilov says West and Putin won’t be able to reach any agreements behind Ukraine’s back
Oleksiy Danilov (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / НВ)
Russia will not be able to reach any agreements with the world community concerning Ukraine without the participation of Ukraine itself, Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council has said.
Danilov, speaking in an interview with NV on Oct. 14, was commenting on the recent meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in Astana, where they were expected to discuss the idea of negotiations between the Russian Federation and the West.
“No agreements will be made without our country, behind our backs. If anyone thinks otherwise, they’re making a big mistake,” Danilov said.
“We proved that we have to be participants in all these processes. If someone thinks that our fate can be decided without our participation, then (they are wrong).I emphasize once again: this will not happen.”
Danilov said the public stand of Ukraine, in particular as expressed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy every day, was that Kyiv “will not allow them to do whatever someone dreamed up in the Kremlin over our heads, (or) behind our backs.”
“If Putin dreams that he can in one way or another persuade certain world leaders to do such things, then we understand where we are, we understand the modern world, how it works,” the NSDC secretary said.
Ned Price, the official spokesman for the U.S. State Department, on Oct. 11 responded to the journalists’ request to comment on claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow was ready to enter into negotiations with the West.
“We do not consider this a constructive and legitimate proposal to start a dialogue and diplomatic efforts, which are absolutely necessary to end of this cruel aggressive war unleashed (by Russia) against the people and authorities of Ukraine,” Price said.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Oct. 4 approved a decision made by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) that declared negotiations with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to be impossible, and that also introduced fresh sanctions against Russia. The decree was signed on Sept. 30 in response to Russia’s claim that it had annexed some of the Ukrainian territories under its military occupation.
Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion, Turkey has tried to assume the role of mediator in negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.
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