Zelensky's office: negotiations with Russia at the current stage will mean the defeat of Ukraine The beginning of a peaceful dialogue with Russia at the current stage will fix the defeat of Ukraine and Europe, now Kyiv has “no motives” for negotiations, Podolyak believes
Kyiv now has “no motives” conduct peaceful negotiations with Moscow, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said in an interview with Babel.ua.
“Negotiations with Russia today will only mean one thing” that Russia has won… Are you ready to go for it? The price that Ukraine is now paying is much higher than the possibility of a ceasefire,— he thinks.
According to Podolyak, the intensity of the fighting and the possibility of winning for Ukraine is more important than “some kind of situational pause”, and the beginning of a dialogue in the current conditions will fix the defeat of Ukraine and Europe, after which “the fall of the entire global security system and the system of democratic values” will begin.
The adviser to the head of the presidential office is convinced that even if the negotiations result in fixing a new line of demarcation, after some time Moscow will again declare the need for hostilities.
Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Since then, the delegations of Moscow and Kyiv have held several rounds of negotiations in person and in video format. The last face-to-face meeting took place at the end of March in Istanbul. In mid-May, peace talks were suspended, the Ukrainian side explained this by a change in the “emotional background”; after the events in Bucha (Moscow claims that reports of the death of civilians in the city, which was controlled by the Russian military, are fake).
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According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Russian side is ready to resume dialogue, “because everyone knows that any hostilities end at the negotiating table.” However, according to Dmitry Polyansky, Russian Deputy Representative to the UN, Kyiv does not show that it is disposed towards this. On August 3, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, said that the Kremlin would like to find a way out of the situation through negotiations, it will not be possible to resolve the conflict without dialogue.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, said in mid-July that negotiations with Russia are possible only after Ukraine wins on the battlefield, since “negotiations are directly tied to the situation at the front.” Later, President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that if referendums were held in the southern regions of the country occupied by Russian forces (Kherson and part of the Zaporozhye region), as the civil-military administrations established there are talking about, this would close “any possibility of negotiations” for Moscow; with Kyiv.
In the Kremlin, responding to Zelensky’s words, they emphasize that it is not Russia that is going to hold possible referendums, these are the plans of the inhabitants of the regions. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry insists that Ukraine, when returning to negotiations, must recognize the “existing territorial realities”, including the status of Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
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