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Zelenskyy outlines format he imagines can end war with Russia at negotiating table

Friday, 31 March 2023, 20:42

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, said that he can imagine Russia at the negotiating table to confirm the end of the war only if Russian troops voluntarily withdraw from the territory of Ukraine.

Source: Zelenskyy at a joint briefing with the presidents of Moldova, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia, in response to a Croatian journalist's question as to whether Ukraine considers negotiations with the leadership of the Russian Federation possible after everything Russia has done.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reminded the journalist that Ukraine has already proposed its "peace formula", where it clearly outlined its vision of the actions needed to end the war.

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Source: "Indeed, there will be a confirmation of the end of the war. But only at this big table where decent states will be sitting, [there may be – ed.] a representative of the Russian Federation – it is difficult for me to say who it will be at that time – who will have withdrawn all troops from our territory first. Then the diplomatic format will begin. And if we kick them all out by force, then there is nothing to talk about with such people in general. Because we will lose people. There will be many victims. What can we talk about with these people in general? They should be isolated and ostracised. That's all," Zelenskyy said.

At the press conference, Zelenskyy also said that the decision of the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to deploy Russian nuclear weapons means he has lost all agency.

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