Ukraine is ready to accept a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday in an interview with Russian independent journalists. "Security guarantees and the neutral, non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready to accept this. This is the most important point," Zelensky said. Any agreement would have to be put to the Ukrainian people in a referendum, he said. He said no peace deal would be possible without a ceasefire and troop withdrawals.
Neutrality means a country does not ally itself militarily with others. Zelensky said that any potential agreement would require a face-to-face meeting with President Putin and that effective security guarantees that Ukraine would not come under attack were essential.
Zelensky told the Russian journalists he would refuse to sit down with Russia's negotiators if they seek to solely discuss the "denazification" of Ukraine. He said Ukraine will not discuss the terms "denazification" and "demilitarization" at all during talks with Russia.
"Our goal is obvious — peace and the restoration of normal life in our native state as soon as possible," Zelensky said. Zelensky listed Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and effective security guarantees as other top Kiev priorities at the talks.
"These negotiations are ongoing. They will be resumed today-tomorrow in Istanbul in-person after a series of video conferences," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "And we are interested that these negotiations would bring a result and that this result would achieve our fundamental goals," he said.
"A meeting [between Putin and Zelensky] is needed as soon as we have clarity on all key issues," the diplomacy chief stated.
“Any outcome of the operation (in Ukraine), of course, is not a reason for usage of a nuclear weapon,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
他指出，俄方在乌克兰开始特别军事行动之前，北约一直“面带微笑（with a smile on its face）”但却不停地采取损害俄在安全领域合法利益的做法。俄方无意入侵北约成员国领土或者对其进行打击（We do not want to think about that.）。但佩斯科夫也在采访中强调，“不要把俄罗斯逼到角落里”。