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Zelenskyy has formalized his refusal to negotiate with Putin. The Kremlin responded

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, which provides for the rejection of negotiations with the Russian dictator Putin. The respective decree No. 679/2022 was published on the website of the head of state on October 4.

The decision of the NSDC was adopted on September 30 in response to the annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories announced by Putin.

Quote"To acknowledge the impossibility of conducting negotiations with President of the Russian Federation V. Putin," the first paragraph of the document states.

The NSDC decision also includes the following provisions:

  • Approval of the joint application of Zelenskyy, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to the North Atlantic Alliance;
  • The government was tasked with developing proposals for a multi-level security guarantee system based on Ukraine's multilateral and bilateral agreements;
  • The Cabinet of Ministers was also tasked with ensuring the increased supply of military-technical assistance to Ukraine;
  • The Verkhovna Rada was recommended to speed up the adoption of draft laws on sanctions and other responses to escalation by the aggressor country.

In response to these actions by the President of Ukraine, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said that in this case, Moscow will either wait for Zelenskyy to change his mind or negotiate with the next head of state.

Quote"Two sides are needed to negotiate... From now on, we will either wait for this president to change his mind or, maybe, we’ll live to see the next president of Ukraine," he said.

Context. On September 30, Putin announced the illegal annexation of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. During his speech, he called on Ukraine to engage in dialogue but said that he would not discuss the "return of territories".

The international community condemned Russia's attempt to annex Ukrainian territories captured in the course of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden called the Russian annexation fraudulent and promised more aid to Ukraine.

In addition, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is applying for accelerated accession to NATO.

On the same day, Russia again used its veto power and blocked the UN Security Council resolution condemning the so-called referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine and the annexation of the occupied territories.

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