The President of Ukraine said that Kyiv will not “save Putin’s face” by paying with territories.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he was ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that the parties “must find an agreement” without putting forward ultimatums as a condition.
In an interview with Italian state television RAI, Zelenskiy also said that Ukraine would never recognize Crimea, annexed in 2014, as part of Russia.
“Crimea has always had autonomy, it has always had its own parliament, but as part of Ukraine,” Zelenskiy said.
The interviewer asked the Ukrainian leader to comment on the words of French President Emmanuel Macron, who warned against humiliating Putin.
“We want the Russian army to leave our land, we are not on Russian soil,” Zelenskiy replied. – We will not save Putin’s face by paying with our territory. That would be unfair.”
At the same time, Zelenskiy spoke about the prospects of relations with Russia.
“We need to think about the future of Russia,” he said. – As the President of Ukraine, I say that these are our neighbors. There will be other presidents and other generations [of Russians].”