Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow in a video address released on Saturday, and then in an interview with CNN news network on Sunday, as Russia reported on its first missile strike. hypersonics on Ukrainian territory.
“The time has come for a meeting, it’s time to talk,” Zelenskyy said. “The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that it will take several generations to recover.” But he warned that if no agreement is reached, “it would mean this is a Third World War.”
Vladimir Medinsky said on Friday that the two countries are also “halfway” on the issue of Ukraine adopting a neutral status.
Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted: “Our positions have not changed. Ceasefire, troop withdrawal and strong security guarantees with concrete formulas.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow hoped its negotiations with Ukraine would end with a comprehensive agreement on security issues, including Ukraine’s neutral status, according to the Russian Interfax news agency.