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Zelensky of Ukraine opens only “genuine” talk with Russia


Ukraine's Zelensky only opens 'genuine' talk with Russia

President Zelensky spoke before addressing world leaders at the COP27 Summit. (File)

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he was open to talks with Russia, but only “real” talks aimed at restoring Ukraine’s borders, providing the country with compensation for Russian attacks and sanctions. those responsible for war crimes.

The remarks came in an overnight speech, which came days after the Washington Post reported that Washington wanted Kyiv to show a willingness to negotiate, concerned that Kyiv’s display of too much temper could prejudice the internationally supported case.

Speaking before addressing world leaders at a global climate summit on Tuesday, Zelenskiy said: “Anyone who is serious about the climate agenda should be serious about the need for it. necessary to immediately stop Russian aggression, restore our territorial integrity, and force Russia into real peace negotiations.”

Ukraine has repeatedly proposed such talks, but “we always get a frenzied Russian response to new terrorist attacks, shelling or blackmail,” he said.

“Again – restore territorial integrity, respect the Charter of the United Nations, compensate for any damage caused by war, punish all war criminals and ensure that this does not happen again. conditions are completely understandable.”

Since Russia announced its annexation of Ukraine at the end of September, Zelenskiy has decided that Kyiv will never negotiate with Moscow as long as Vladimir Putin remains Russia’s president. Kyiv officials have echoed that view in recent days, saying Kyiv would be open to negotiations with Putin’s future successor.

“Negotiating with Putin means giving up and we will never give him this gift,” Zelenskiy adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published on Thursday. Three.

“Society will never accept this,” Mr. Podolyak said. “Russian troops will leave Ukrainian territory, and then dialogue will come.”

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated Moscow’s position that it was open to negotiations but Kyiv rejected them. Moscow has repeatedly said it will not negotiate over territory it claims to be annexed from Ukraine.

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Ukrainian forces have launched an offensive in recent months, while Russia, regrouping to defend parts of Ukraine it still occupies, has deployed hundreds of thousands of reservists.

Russia has evacuated civilians from occupied areas, especially from the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, in an operation Kyiv says includes forced deportation, a war crime. Moscow says it is getting everyone to safety.

The next major battle is expected to take place over a small Russian-controlled enclave on the west bank of the Dnipro River, including the city of Kherson, the only regional capital Russia has captured since its invasion in October. Two.

On Monday, a source confirmed reports that White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had held talks with Russian officials about preventing escalation of the conflict. Those conversations were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The Kremlin declined to comment on them.

The White House did not deny talks but said it would not make diplomatic moves on Ukraine without Kyiv’s involvement.

“We reserve the right to speak at a high level one-on-one on issues of interest to the United States. That’s been happening over the past few months. Our conversations have focused solely on … risk mitigation. and the US-Russia relationship,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

The United States is holding midterm elections for Congress on Tuesday. Although most candidates from both parties strongly support Ukraine, some right-wing Republican candidates have expressed skepticism about the cost of US military aid.

White House spokesman Jean-Pierre said US support for Ukraine would be “uncompromising and unwavering” regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s congressional elections.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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