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Zelenskyy: We will not agree to a frozen conflict

Zelensky is against freezing the conflict with Russia. Photo: president.gov.ua

Zelensky is against freezing the conflict with Russia. Photo: president.gov.ua

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy opposes freezing the conflict with Russia. He stated this on Tuesday evening at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Speaking about a possible ceasefire, Zelenskyy said that ""it doesn't mean Russian troops will stand where they are now. It's a frozen conflict. We're not going to agree to a frozen conflict."

He stated that the Minsk agreements led to the frozen conflict: "I am against it, there will be no such document. We did not withdraw from Minsk, Russia withdrew from it on February 24. They did, and Ukraine will definitely not go into such a swamp again."

At the same time, according to Zelenskyy, he does not see the desire of the Russian Federation to achieve a cease-fire.

Quote"If we have a meeting with President Putin, then maybe we can agree with him personally. He should commit to a ceasefire, preferably public, then we can believe in it," the president said.

He also noted that "we must first take the appropriate steps to stop the war, and then diplomacy will come into play."

Quote"It is desirable to do the first stage and we have done that — to stop Russia in its advance. The second stage is to do as much as possible so that Russia withdraws from our territory. Now we are in the second stage. The third stage is to restore as much territorial integrity as possible," he stated.

According to him, "where it is possible to restore territorial integrity, to find some compromises through dialogue in words, not through dialogue of weapons, Ukraine will do it, but showing its position as an equal partner in any dialogue".

Zelenskyy noted that "our groups are communicating at the level of negotiators," but he did not really believe in such agreements.

Quote"It's important to talk, but until the president of the Russian Federation personally says it officially, I don't see the weight in such agreements," Zelenskyy said.
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