Talks with Russia possible on Ukraine’s terms, says Zelenskyy
KYIV: Ukraine’s president has hinted at the possibility of peace talks with Russia, a shift from his earlier refusal to work out with President Vladimir Putin that came on the eve of important elections in the United States.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the global community late Monday to “require Russia into real peace talks” and listed his usual conditions for dialogue: the return of all of Ukraine’s occupied lands, settlement for damage brought on by the war and the prosecution of war criminal offenses.
That is a modification in rhetoric at least from a male who signed a decree in late September stating “the impossibility of holding talks” with Putin. But since his preconditions appear to be non-starters for Moscow, it’s tough to see how that would advance any talks.
Western weapons and help have actually been key to Ukraine’s capability to eliminate off Russia’s intrusion, which some initially anticipated would more quickly roll through the country. But United States midterm elections Tuesday will specify the amount and the shape of Washington’s future political and financial backing for Ukraine.
If Republicans win control of Congress, it could become harder for President Joe Biden’s administration to push forward big packages of military and other aid for Ukraine.
Russia and Ukraine held numerous rounds of talks in Belarus and Turkey early on in the war, which is now nearing its nine-month mark. The talks stalled after the last meeting of the delegations in Istanbul in March yielded no outcomes.
Zelenskyy stated Monday that Kyiv has actually “consistently proposed (talks) and to which we constantly got insane Russian actions with new terrorist attacks, shelling or blackmail”.
But he has more recently declined to negotiate with Putin – itself a change in technique after he repeatedly required an individual conference with the Russian leader. The Kremlin brushed off any such conference.
Zelenskyy listed conditions for the dialogue to start, including the “remediation of (Ukraine’s) territorial integrity … compensation for all war damage, punishment for every war criminal and warranties that it will not occur again”.
Russia, meanwhile, resumed require talks after Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive in the east and the south of the nation started in September, however Ukraine has been rejecting the possibility ever because.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Andrei Rudenko, worried on Tuesday that Moscow is not setting any conditions for the resumption of talks with Ukraine and implicated Kyiv of doing not have “excellent will”.
“This is their choice, we have actually constantly declared our preparedness for such settlements,” Rudenko stated.
Ukraine’s presidential consultant Mykhailo Podolyak firmly insisted in a tweet Monday that “Ukraine has actually never refused to negotiate,” however first, Russia requires to withdraw its soldiers from the nation. “Is Putin prepared? Undoubtedly not,” Podolyak wrote.
Published at Tue, 08 Nov 2022 12:42:11 +0000