Zelensky not to release transcripts of phone calls with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he will not release transcripts of his telephone conversations with world leaders as he deems it incorrect.

He said this during an all-day “media marathon” in Kyiv on Thursday, October 10, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“I’m not ready to publish my conversations. I haven’t even posted my conversation with Mr. [U.S. President Donald] Trump. I’m commander-in-chief, not a host on any channel. I’m not engaged in PR. I’m not thinking about breaking the red lines, but tactic is tactic, a strategy is a strategy. I don’t have to show everyone my conversations with a certain leader of any country. This is something new,” Zelensky said.

He also responded to clarifications regarding the possible release of transcripts of phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that these conversations were “backed up by a very complicated, very detailed, but real” result.

“So what will the release of my calls with Putin lead to? Will it lead to the continuation of our meetings? No, it won’t. […] Is there a desire to get such a result and never again have the opportunity to return our captives, many of them staying now in ‘DPR,’ ‘LPR,’ in Russia and Crimea? Will I have such an opportunity to return them? Never. What will I tell their families?” Zelensky said.

He stressed that he was not playing games related to people’s lives and added that he would not publish anything “because I know it will damage the continuation of the process of returning people and ending the war.”

Earlier, MP Oleksiy Honcharenko sent a deputy’s request to Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Bohdan asking for the release of transcripts of three phone calls that were held between Zelensky and Putin on July 11, August 7 and September 7 this year.

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  1. I might also not publicize a conversation I had with another leader. However, perhaps the country’s top state prosecutor.could have an interest in what was discussed.

    • The release of such conversations would indeed have a negative effect on future negotiations. You are correct, the prosecutor general should be able to see them, just to make sure he is not behaving like Trump.

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