Ukraine’s ambassador to the US said on Sunday that her country was ready to negotiate an end to the war – but defiantly declared that it didn’t mean it was ready to surrender.
Ambassador Oksana Markarova was asked in NBC News’ Meet the Press what she thinks is negotiable in the face of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s comments that the nation’s sovereignty will not be part of talks for peace with invader Russia.
“Negotiations do not mean that Ukraine is ready to surrender. The negotiations mean that there should be a solution and pressure and diplomatic pressure to stop Russia,” Markarova said.
“Well, no, we’re not ready to give up our territories. We are not willing to give up our people. We ask everyone who can put pressure on Putin or help us bring him to the table to end this war,” she continued.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a number of demands on Ukraine before saying he will consider halting the invasion – including recognition of Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and independence of Ukraine’s Donbass -Region where Russian Armed Forces supported – Separatist militias.
NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Markarova if Ukraine would ever recognize the Donbass region, now under Russian control, as an independent republic.
“There is no independent republic on the territory of Ukraine. Russia attacked us in 2014. Russia illegally occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. Russia is now illegally waging a full-fledged war against the independent country,” Markarova replied.
“And the question is bigger than that: is there a respectful sovereignty and territorial integrity that is a firm basis for any UN charter or any international organization? Therefore, I think that we should not ask Ukraine what we are willing to give up in order for Russia to end this aggression,” she continued.
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