The CNN interview: “I will not speak to anyone who issues ultimatums”
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with the American television channel CNN, stated that negotiations with the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, are currently impossible. “Not today – he said -. I do not see any desire on their part to be constructive. I will not speak to anyone who issues ultimatums”.
Zelensky further noted that any agreement between Ukraine and Russia can only be concluded in the event of a complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory. “No sanctions can be revoked – he added – We cannot discuss anything with Russia until it leaves our territory. Only after the war can we talk about the cancellation of some sanctions, compensation, payments on their part, diplomacy. We can involve the leaders of any country, any international institution in these negotiations, but only after Russia liberates all our territories. “
Yesterday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow is not giving up on negotiations with Ukraine. “We do not reject the negotiations, but those who reject them should understand that the longer they drag their start, the more difficult it will be for them to negotiate with us.”