Ukrainian foreign minister dismisses Russian officials' claims of 'readiness for talks’

17 January, 03:10 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:U.S. Secretary of Defense/www.flickr.com)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:U.S. Secretary of Defense/www.flickr.com)

Claims by Russian officials that the Kremlin is “ready for negotiations” with Ukraine are nonsense, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with Canadian television channel CBC on Jan. 17.

“It’s all nonsense, everything they (the Russians) are saying,” he said.

“We’re not buying it, and more importantly, we’re glad to see that more and more countries aren’t buying it either.”

Commenting on the Russian missile strike on a residential building in the city of Dnipro, Kuleba stressed it would not make the Ukrainians give up.

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“You cannot raise your hands and say: okay, we’re giving up because you’re hitting residential buildings, killing fathers, mothers, children, spreading terror,” the minister said.

“Because we know if we do that, things will only get worse.”

On Oct. 4, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved a National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) decision that outlaws negotiations with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine’s negotiating position will depend on Kyiv’s success on the battlefield, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Oct. 26.

Zelenskyy later said Ukraine could find a format to hold talks with Moscow only under the condition of a complete Russian withdrawal from all occupied Ukrainian territories, as well as its admission that the full-scale invasion was “a terrible mistake.”

At the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 15, Zelenskyy proposed a 10-point plan for achieving peace, which included restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, respect for the UN Charter, compensation for all the damage caused by the Russian war, punishment for all war crimes, and security guarantees for the future.

Upon withdrawal of its troops from the western bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast, Moscow declared its willingness for peace negotiations “without any conditions.”

However, it continues to carry out mass missile and air strikes on Ukraine’s energy system.

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