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Negotiations possible only when Russian troops leave Ukraine – Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy meets Erdogan in Lviv. Credit: President's Office
Zelenskyy meets Erdogan in Lviv in August 2022. Credit: President’s Office
Negotiations possible only when Russian troops leave Ukraine – Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that negotiations with Russia are possible only if Russian troops leave the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine.

He said this after a meeting with the UN Secretary General and the President of Türkiye on August 18 in Lviv, Suspilne reports.

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According to Zelenskyy, Erdogan said during the negotiations that the food initiative to export Ukrainian grain provides a “diplomatic window” for agreements on the future end of the war.

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“I expressed my opinion to Mr. President of Türkiye that I have no trust in the Russian Federation. I believe that Russian weapons are in this ‘window.’ I am very surprised that they (the Russian Federation) are ready for some kind of peace. People who kill, rape, on a daily basis hit our civilian cities, civilian infrastructures with cruise missiles – they cannot want peace. So first, it seems to me, they should liberate our territories, and later… Later will be later,” Zelenskyy said.

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