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Media: US pushed Zelensky to make a statement about negotiations with Russia

MOSCOW, Nov 9 Vladimir Zelensky's statement on the terms of negotiations with Russia is directly linked to pushing for this from the United States, the American edition of Politico reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation. On Tuesday, Zelensky, after Western media reports that Kyiv was being pushed to dialogue with Russia, called Ukraine's conditions for the beginning of the dialogue. According to him, this is “the restoration of territorial integrity, respect for the UN Charter, compensation for all losses, punishment of every war criminal and guarantees that this will not happen again.” At the same time, earlier Zelensky signed a decree on the implementation of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on the impossibility of holding negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also stated that Ukraine will not hold any negotiations with Russia while Putin is president.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia remains open to negotiations with Ukraine, but at the moment the possibilities to continue them no, because Kyiv has codified, that is, turned into a law, the non-continuation of any negotiations with the Russian side.

According to sources, Zelensky's new position is directly related to the “soft push” from the US presidential administration Joe Biden.
According to one of the sources, the change in Zelensky's position took place a few days after the visit to Kyiv of US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
According to this, an unnamed senior official of the Biden administration told the publication that American officials did not directly tell Zelensky and his aides about the need to change their position, but conveyed that Kyiv “should show be ready to end hostilities reasonably and peacefully.”

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