Ukraine denies the West is pressuring it to hold talks with Russia, vowing not to join any discussions until Moscow relinquishes all occupied territory.
Ukraine denies pressure over Russia talks
Ukraine has denied it’s under Western pressure to negotiate with Russia, doubling down on its insistence that talks can only be held if Russia relinquishes all of the territory it has occupied since its invasion.
The remarks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy followed a Washington Post report on Saturday that the United States had encouraged Ukraine to signal a willingness for talks.
Zelenskiy’s comments also coincided with US midterm elections, the outcome of which could test Western support for Ukraine.
In an overnight address before he was due to speak to world leaders at the COP27 climate summit, Zelenskiy recited what he called Ukraine’s “completely understandable conditions” for peace talks.