Zelensky ready to meet Putin after battle for Donbas, says office rep

10 April, 02:06 PM
Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo:NV Collage)

Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo:NV Collage)

Negotiations between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on building security guarantees for Ukraine will be possible after a military clash in the Donbas, said presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak during a TV interview on April 9.

"To say that they will meet (Zelensky and Putin), in a week or two is wrong, it will not happen just like that,” he stated. 

“Ukraine is now ready for big battles. Ukraine must win them, in particular, in the Donbas. And after that Ukraine will have a more substantial negotiating position, on the basis of which it can dictate certain conditions. After that, the presidents will meet. It may take two weeks, three.” 

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According to him, Ukraine is now paying a very high price to receive strong security guarantees in the future, but it will not give up on this. 

“I want everyone in Ukraine to understand: yes, it’s hard, we are losing people and infrastructure every day,” he stressed. 

“We pay a very high price. But Russia must cast off its imperial illusions. Ukraine is the only state in the world today that will do this. And how much time it takes is not important. We will do everything to get certain — I emphasize — very powerful security guarantees in order to permanently close our borders from the imperial ambitions of countries like the Russian Federation.” 

Podolyak restated that the president will go to negotiations only when "when we have absolutely clear positions for this." 

“Ukraine has already proved that today there is one state that is ready to pay any price for the world to return to the ideals of freedom. It is Ukraine. We have no other way. Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, Kramatorsk... Everything comes down to the fact that we must put an end to the cannibalistic regimes, which today is the Russian Federation.”

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