Moscow has not officially contacted kyiv to start peace negotiations, but in any case Russia he would have to completely withdraw his troops from Ukraine for the talks to take place, a senior Ukrainian official said on Saturday.
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“We do not have any official request from the Russian side about… negotiations,” said Andriy YermakUkrainian presidential chief of staff, speaking in English via video link at the Halifax International Security Forum.
Any talk that is not based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the limits of its internationally recognized borders is “unacceptable“, said.
“The first steps that must be taken by Russia is to withdraw all Russian troops from Ukrainian territory,” Yermak added.
His remarks came a day after the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyrejected the idea of a “short truce” with Russia, claiming that it would only make things worse.
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“Russia is now looking for a brief truce, a breather to regain strength. Someone may call this the end of the war, but such a respite will only make the situation worse.” said the Ukrainian leader in statements broadcast on the same security forum.
“A truly real, lasting and honest peace can only be the result of the complete demolition of Russian aggression,” Zelensky said.
The White House He said on Friday that only the Ukrainian president can decide when to start peace talks with Russia, rejecting the idea that Washington was pressuring kyiv to negotiate an end to nearly nine months of war sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
The general Mark MilleyThe top US military official has suggested in recent weeks that kyiv can build on battlefield victories and open talks to end the conflict.
Milley recalled Wednesday that although Ukraine has achieved key successes recently, Moscow still controls about 20% of the country. He also predicted that kyiv’s troops are unlikely to force the Russians to leave the country anytime soon.