No dialogue with Moscow possible under current conditions, says Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)
Ukraine will only be able to begin peace talks with Russia if the invading forces retreat from occupied Ukrainian territory and admitted that they had made a "terrible mistake," President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El País, published on Nov. 4.
"If the Russians retreat and admit that they have made a terrible mistake — if one could talk about any mistake against the backdrop of all these developments — then we will be able to find a format for dialogue," the President said.
Zelenskyy believes that further deaths of Ukrainians fighting for their land will only delay the negotiation process, possibly for years.
He also stated that the last straw that negated the possibility of dialogue with Russia were the sham referendums staged in the occupied territories. These actions preclude any sort of negotiation, Zelenskyy noted.
"We see a clear determination to occupy and destroy Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said.
“What should I say to the person who just wants to destroy us? There is no sense in such talks.”
The Ukrainian president on Oct. 4 enacted a decision taken by the National Security and Defense Council to outlaw any negotiations with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. The President's Office said that Kyiv would be ready for negotiations when the Russian leader changes.
In turn, Putin said on Nov. 1 he was prepared to wait for Ukraine's consent to participate in the talks.
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