Shmyhal rules out reconciliation with Russia for at least 100 years

27 February, 11:37 AM
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal/Telegram)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal/Telegram)

Any cooperation or reconciliation with Russia will not be possible for at least another 100 years, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in an interview with the German magazine Focus, published on Feb. 26.

Shmyhal believes Russia have to change at first, turning into a democratic, demilitarized and denuclearized country, before any true reconciliation can come.

He said that sanctions, isolation, and the seizure of Russian assets and military aid to Ukraine are the means to disarm this country.

Commenting on the possibility of reaching a compromise with Russia, the Prime Minister stated that the invaders should withdraw from all of Ukrainian territory, while freezing the war would play in favor of Moscow.

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"Ukrainian society is ready to fight for freedom and independence until the will," Shmyhal said.

He noted that no territories would be surrendered to Russia even if Ukraine becomes an EU member soon and obtains strong security guarantees.

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