President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he was not ready to “ask” Moscow for peace.
“I am not ready to ask for the independence of our state. It already belongs to us, ”he said on Friday, speaking via video link to students and teachers of British universities.
Asked about possible peace talks, Zelensky said that “I understood all the years of my presidency that any war must end with a negotiating table.” “I understand that diplomacy can save people. I understand this, but, unfortunately, the President of the Russian Federation does not understand this,” he said.
Zelensky believes that “if Ukraine were in NATO, there would still be a battle for independence, but it would be different.” “There would not have been so many losses, there could have been a small military conflict or provocations, but we would have saved a large number of people,” he said.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called on leading managers of international companies to create jobs in Ukraine.
“I would very much like, as the President of Ukraine, that your companies consider the possibility of entering and finding their place in the Ukrainian economy. For us, these are, first of all, jobs. You understand that these are big challenges for 12 million people who have lost because of this bloody war of their homes, they left them, lost their jobs, their children lost schools, and Ukraine lost subjects that create a state, who are real citizens, pay taxes, etc.,” Zelensky said, speaking to attendees at the Yale SEO Summit on Wednesday.
“Jobs are very important. The jobs that companies like yours can offer by investing in our economy. This is an important step,” he added.
According to the head of state, it is also important that international companies invest in opening their offices in Ukraine.
“So that you find for yourself those layers of business that you are ready to find: from digitalization to energy. We are ready to talk about everything. But we are not ready to create a minimum tax system. You must understand us: we are talking about the restoration of Ukraine, which means that we should do it on finances. Comfortable conditions – yes, transparent conditions – yes, quick management regarding the start of your business in Ukraine – yes. This is support when all this is beneficial for both you and us,” the president said.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that the internal political struggle in Ukraine and European countries may affect the amount of assistance to Ukraine.
“No one just wants to give anything, including weapons and sanctions. Leaders have united in Europe and the world, but their business is pressing from within. And the opposition is also not only here. If they have a chance to compete for power, they will fight. This struggle will affect the weakening of support for Ukraine,” he said on Monday at a press conference in Kyiv.
“We need to record and understand this. And as soon as our country stops fighting with rhetoric, as soon as we start fighting politically, they will understand that we have no war,” Zelensky said.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on the Russian President for an immediate truce and withdrawal of troops from Ukraine during a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
According to the service of the German government, the conversation took place on the initiative of France and Germany and lasted 80 minutes. “The Chancellor and the President of France called for an immediate truce and the withdrawal of Russian troops. They called on the President of Russia to enter into serious direct negotiations with the President of Ukraine and find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
Macron and Scholz also urged Putin to “improve the humanitarian situation of the civilian population” and “commended the commitment of the Russian President to the treatment of captured soldiers in accordance with international humanitarian law, in particular the Geneva Conventions, and to ensure unrestricted access for the International Committee of the Red Cross.”
In addition, the leaders of Germany and France also spoke with President Putin about the global food situation, “which has become particularly aggravated as a result of Russia’s aggressive war.” “President Putin has given assurances that he wants to allow grain exports from Ukraine, especially by sea. President Putin has vowed that he will not use the demining belt created to protect Ukrainian ports offensively to allow grain exports by sea. The Chancellor, President Macron and President Putin have agreed on the central role of the United Nations in reaching and implementing an agreement on this issue,” the federal government said in a release.
In turn, the Elysee Palace also reported that Macron and Scholz, during a telephone conversation with Putin, called for the release of 2,500 Ukrainian prisoners of war from Azovstal.
In addition, Macron and Scholz called on Putin to negotiate directly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Macron and Scholz urged the interlocutor “to urgently lift the blockade from Odessa in order to enable the export of Ukrainian grain to prevent a global food crisis.” They took note of the readiness of the Russian Federation to let foreign ships into this port to export grain, the Elysee Palace said.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
“Informed about the situation on the frontline. We expect further defense support from our partners. Raised the issue of fuel supply. Ways to prevent the food crisis were discussed. We have to unblock Ukraine’s ports together,” Zelensky said on Twitter on Friday.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the main task of the international advisory group of specialists on security guarantees for Ukraine will be the development of such guarantees that will work throughout the life of many generations of Ukrainians.
According to him, the President’s Office and diplomats continue to work to ensure that Ukraine receives reliable guarantees of its own security after the end of the war.
“In particular, the international advisory group headed by Yermak and ex-NATO Secretary General Rasmussen was established. The group will include leading experts in the field of security and defense, diplomacy. Their task is to develop a format of guarantees that will really work, moreover, work not for several months or a year, but throughout the life of many generations of Ukrainians,” Zelensky said in an evening video message on Tuesday.
As reported, on Tuesday, May 24, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak announced the creation of an international advisory group that will provide proposals on security guarantees for Ukraine.
It will be headed by Andriy Yermak and ex-NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.