President Zelensky has repeatedly refused to negotiate with Russia. Photo: AFPPresident Volodymyr Zelensky has admitted that several Western countries are negotiating with Russia on behalf of Ukraine to resolve the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Although he has repeatedly refused to sit in any kind of discussion with Russia personally.
In an interview with US-based NBC News on Sunday, Zelensky was asked to comment on reports that Western leaders have contacted Kiev to discuss possible peace talks with Russia.
In response, Zelensky said, he has heard various opinions and proposals on this matter. However, he has no contact with Russia. He added that all top US leaders and policy makers are aware of his objections to compromise with Moscow.
Ukraine’s president insists he has not been pressured by the West to meet with an enemy country. However, he admitted, ‘I am sure that some countries’ intelligence agencies or leaders’ advisors are talking to Russia. Maybe they are thinking about how to handle everything.’
But according to Zelensky, no dialogue is possible until Russian troops are withdrawn from Ukrainian territory. In addition, he demanded the establishment of a tribunal to try alleged war crimes against Russia. Moscow has always denied the allegations.
Despite the Kremlin’s insistence on reconciliation with Ukraine, Zelensky signed a law banning any compromise with the current Russian government. All four Ukrainian governments prior to Zelensky’s were in favor of maintaining relations with Russia.
NBC reported last Saturday that Western leaders are in “deep talks” with Kiev. They are trying to understand how much concessions Kiev is willing to make to settle the dispute.