Responding to various media reports about pushing talks with Russia, Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday that a vital condition for the resolution of the war is the restoration of Ukraine’s occupied territories.
“The main condition is [Ukrainian] is the return of the president of [Ukrainian] territorial integrity,” said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. said on Twitter.
Mikhail Podlyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: asked on twitter: “What does the word ‘negotiate’ mean? Russia’s ultimatum is well-known: “We came with tanks, admitted defeat, [the loss of territory].’ This is unacceptable. So what are we talking about? Or are you just hiding the word “surrender” behind the word “reconciliation”? “
background: The pair spoke out after reports that senior U.S. officials had been urging Ukraine in recent weeks to show it was still open to diplomatic talks with Russia. Unseen, with neither side willing to initiate peace talks, it was done amid concerns that public support for the country’s war effort could erode, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. rice field.
The purpose of the talks was not to urge Ukrainians to negotiate now, but rather to tell Kyiv that the United States wants to find a solution to the dispute and that Ukraine has a moral advantage. The sources said they would like to see more clarity.