Ukraine’s President Says Open to ‘Genuine’ Negotiations


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“Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Zelenskyy discussed international efforts to minimize the impact of Russia’s…”

Ahead of his address to world leaders at a global climate summit
on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country is willing
to consider “genuine” negotiations with Russia.

Zelenskyy
said his country is open to talks with Moscow if Ukraine’s borders are
restored, victims of Russia’s invasion and attacks are compensated and efforts
are made to hold perpetrators accountable.

The
president’s comments follow a Washington Post report that said that the United
States wanted Ukraine to show willingness for peace talks. That willingness,
according to the report, would strengthen international support for Kyiv.

When
asked about Zelenskyy’s willingness to negotiate with Russia, a senior U.S.
official told reporters during a background call, “What’s important to
understand here is that any decision to negotiate on the part of Ukraine – or
the decision not to – is going to be determined by Ukrainian leadership. Not by
what the U.S. says or does.”

The
head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said
the “main condition” for such consideration would be the
“restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.”

Danilov
added that there needs to be some sort of “guarantee” of modern air
defenses, aircraft, tanks and long-range missiles, expressing a call for
continued international assistance.

U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield reiterated “steadfast”
U.S. support for Ukraine during talks with the Ukrainian president and other
senior officials in Kyiv on Tuesday.

“Ambassador
Thomas-Greenfield and President Zelenskyy discussed international efforts to
minimize the impact of Russia’s aggression on global food security, including
through sustaining and expanding the U.N.-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative,
and to ensure accountability for war crimes and atrocities perpetrated on the
Ukrainian people,” said U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Nate
Evans in a statement.

Ammunition, nuclear weapons

North
Korea denied U.S. claims Tuesday that it is assisting Russia with artillery
shells and ammunitions in furthering the war on Ukraine.

U.S.
intelligence recently confirmed that Russia has reached out to North Korea for
rockets and artillery shells.

The isolated country has been conducting dozens of tests,
including nuclear capable missiles with the ability to strike the United
States. North Korea has threatened the U.S. with its missiles and artillery,
claiming it could “mercilessly” strike neighboring South Korean and
U.S. targets.

A
Russian newspaper claimed Tuesday that a discussion on strategic nuclear
weapons between U.S. and Russia are in the works. The Kommersant newspaper
quoted four sources familiar with the discussions and said the talks may take
place in the Middle East.

New
START treaty talks between the U.S. and Russia aimed at reducing nuclear
arsenals have been stalled since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Ukraine’s defense

Ukraine
received its first delivery of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems
and Aspide air defense systems Monday in its fight against Russian forces.

“We
will continue to shoot down the enemy targets attacking us. Thank you to our
partners: Norway, Spain and the US,” Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii
Reznikov wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russia
has started constructing defensive structures around the occupied southern
Ukrainian city of Mariupol. “Two plants are producing concrete pyramidal
anti-tank structures, known as dragon’s teeth, for this purpose,” Britain
said in an update posted on Twitter.

“Russia
is fortifying its lines throughout areas of occupation. On 19 October 2022,
Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed the construction of a fortified
‘Wagner Line’ of defences in Russian-occupied Luhansk Oblast,” the
statement read, adding, “this activity suggests Russia is making a
significant effort to prepare defences in depth behind their current front
line, likely to forestall any rapid Ukrainian advances in the event of breakthroughs.”

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby
said last month the United States was accelerating the shipment of the
sophisticated NASAMS to Ukraine after significant Russian strikes on Ukrainian
energy infrastructure.

VOA U.N. Correspondent Margaret Besheer and VOA
State Department Bureau Chief Nike Ching contributed to this report.

 
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