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ZELENSKY IN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: I’M READY FOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH PUTIN, THEIR FAILURE COULD LEAD TO THIRD WORLD WAR

The Ukrainian side is ready for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with CNN.
“I am ready to negotiate with him. I have been ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations we will not be able to end this war. I think that we should use any format, any chance, to be able to negotiate, an opportunity to talk to Putin. But if these attempts fail, it will mean that this is the third world war,” Zelensky said.
At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine under no circumstances can give up its territorial integrity.
“No compromises related to our territorial integrity and our sovereignty, and the Ukrainian people spoke about this, they did not meet Russian soldiers with a bouquet of flowers, they met them bravely, they met them with weapons in their hands,” Zelensky said.
“If we were a NATO member, a war wouldn’t have started. I’d like to receive security guarantees for my country, for my people. If NATO members are ready to see us in the alliance, then do it immediately because people are dying on a daily basis. But if you are not ready to preserve the lives of our people, if you just want to see us straddle two worlds, if you want to see us in this dubious position where we don’t understand whether you can accept us or not — you cannot place us in this situation, you cannot force us to be in this limbo,” the head of state said.
“I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five, just say it directly and clearly, or just say no. And the response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open,” he said.

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UKRAINE AND RUSSIA RESUME NEGOTIATIONS

The delegations of Ukraine and the aggressor country resumed negotiations after a technical pause taken a day earlier, Ukrayinska Pravda writes, citing a member of the delegation, head of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada David Arakhamia.
“Negotiations are already underway,” Arakhamia said in a comment to the publication on Tuesday.
At the same time, members of the Ukrainian delegation have so far refrained from making any other comments.
As reported, on March 14, a technical pause was taken in the negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations on ending the war for additional work in working subgroups and clarification of individual definitions. Later, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian delegation worked well, and that the negotiations themselves would continue on March 15.

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OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE: NEGOTIATIONS WITH RUSSIA CONTINUE IN VIDEO FORMAT

Negotiations between Ukraine and the Russian delegation continue uninterrupted in video format, special working subgroups have been established, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak said.

“Negotiations with the Russian delegation are now ongoing in a continuous video format. Special working subgroups have been created. Ukraine’s positions are determined by the previous directives,” Podoliak said on Twitter, attaching a joint photo with Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak.

UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: DATE OF NEW NEGOTIATIONS WITH RUSSIA NOT KNOWN YET

At the moment, it is not known when new negotiations with the Russian Federation will take place, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
“We are ready for negotiations, we are ready for diplomacy, but we are by no means ready to accept any Russian ultimatums. It is unknown at the moment when the new negotiations will take place,” Kuleba said on his Facebook on Wednesday.
He added that the demands of the Russians remain unchanged. “These are the demands that Putin voiced in his address before the start of the war, in fact declaring war on us,” Kuleba said.

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EGYPT AND UKRAINE MAY START NEGOTIATIONS ON FREE TRADE AREA

Ukraine and Egypt may decide to start negotiations on a free trade area (FTA) this fall, said Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka.
“We are negotiating with Egypt, but soon the conversation fades. We hope that this fall we will hold an intergovernmental commission, and I hope we will take a decision to start negotiations,” Kachka said during the Kyiv International Economic Forum in Kyiv on Friday.
He also indicated that Ukraine and Indonesia have begun studying potential FTA talks.

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UKRAINE DOES NOT PLAN NEGOTIATIONS WITH RUSSIA ON DIRECT PURCHASE OF GAS

Ukraine does not plan to negotiate with Russia to conclude a direct agreement for the supply of natural gas, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said.
“Such negotiations are not planned,” he said in an interview to the lb.ua portal released on Tuesday.
The prime minister said that over 18.5 billion cubic meters of gas have already been accumulated in the underground storage facilities (UGS) of Ukraine [already 18.7 billion cubic meters], the country also has its own gas production, which will allow the coming heating season to pass.
According to him, one should not expect a significant re-export to the European market of gas owned by foreign traders, which is stored in the Ukrainian underground storage facilities.
“In any case, the first proposal is always made to Ukraine. With a probability of 100%, gas that is in Ukraine will be used here,” Shmyhal said.
The Ukrainian authorities will seek to maintain gas transit through the Ukrainian GTS in the future. “Surely, we will insist on maintaining the current level of transit for at least 15 years,” the head of government said.
According to JSC Ukrtransgaz, as of October 1, 2021, foreign service customers store 2.8 billion cubic meters of gas in the customs warehouse mode, while resident companies some 800 million cubic meters.

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