IRYNA BALACHUK — THURSDAY, 4 AUGUST 2022, 11:26
Ukraine’s negotiating position in a conversation with Russia should entail four components – all of which relate to weapons.
Source: Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to the head of the Office of the President, on Twitter
Quote from Podoliak: “To talk with Russia, it is important to have the right negotiating position. This consists of four simple components: 1. Long-range artillery, MLRS and ATACSMS (Army TACtical Missile System) to destroy Russian logistics. 2. Air defenсe/anti-missile defenсe to protect cities. 3. Strike drones – the best hunters. 4. Armoured vehicles for counterattacks.”
- On 3 August, Dmytro Peskov, press secretary for the President of the Russian Federation, stated that Russia is ready to agree to peace negotiations with Ukraine.
- Ex-chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder, after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that the Kremlin is open to talks to end the war in Ukraine.
- Dmytro Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, believes that any statements by Russia regarding peace negotiations are a smokescreen for the occupiers, whose only aim is war.
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that Russia’s claims that it is prepared to resume negotiations with Ukraine do not correspond to reality due to Russia’s deployment of reserve troops in the south of Ukraine.