Blinken: Ukraine must decide for itself whether to make territorial concessions According to Blinken, the United States will not impose its position on Kyiv on the issue of territorial concessions in the conflict with Russia. The Ukrainian authorities have previously repeatedly ruled out the possibility of alienating part of the territory declared that the issue of territorial concessions should be decided by Ukraine” />
The Ukrainian people and the government led by President Volodymyr Zelensky must decide on their own the issue of the possibility of territorial concessions, the United States is not going to impose its position. This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in an interview with PBS.
“The future of Ukraine is in the hands of Ukrainians. These decisions are up to the Ukrainian people and the democratically elected government, including President Zelensky. It is up to him to decide what is in the interests of his country, his people, and we will support it, — he said in response to a related question from a journalist.
The Foreign Minister added that the United States and Western countries “are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make sure they [Ukrainians] get everything that necessary» to conduct military operations against Russia.
At the end of May, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that some Western politicians were offering Kyiv to cede part of the territory to Moscow in order to stop the Russian military operation. He stressed that Ukraine would not participate in such discussions. Zelensky also said earlier that Kyiv would start negotiations with Moscow only after it regains its territories lost after the start of the Russian military special operation on February 24.
Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin called its goal “demilitarization and denazification”; countries. A week after the start of the military special operation, on March 2, the Russian military took Kherson, and by March 15, the entire territory of the Kherson region had passed under Russian control. Then the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the capture of the south of the Zaporozhye region.
Civil-military administrations began to be created in these regions. The authorities of the Kherson region have already introduced dual-currency zones, where the ruble will be used along with the hryvnia, promised to make the Russian language the state language, and proposed the creation of a Russian military base on its territory.
Representatives of the administration of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions also spoke about their intention to eventually become part of Russia. The Kremlin, commenting on the initiative, emphasized that this issue should be resolved by the residents of the region and “carefully calibrated by lawyers.”
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