No ‘territorial concessions’ on Crimea to be made, Zelenskyy’s advisor says
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:REUTERS/Sergiy Voloshyn)
Withdrawal of Russian troops is the only viable basis for any kind of negotiations with Moscow regarding occupied Crimea, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a Twitter post on April 6.
“The basis for conducting real negotiations with the Russian Federation is a full withdrawal of Russian military units from the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine (circa) 1991 – including Crimea,” said Podolyak.
“There can be no negotiations about any territorial concessions or bargaining over our sovereign rights.”
In a recent interview with the Financial Times, deputy head of the President’s Office, Andriy Sybiha, said that Kyiv is prepared to negotiate with Russia once Ukrainian forces reach the Crimea’s administrative boundary, with liberation by military means remaining an option.
On Feb. 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy underscored that negotiations with Moscow are only possible after invading Russian forces leave Ukrainian territory and halt its bombing campaign.
On Sept. 30, 2022, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin attempted to formalize the annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts.
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