Zelensky stated the lack of relations with Russia after the Crimea and Donbas
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky notes that there is no word "relationship" between Ukraine and Russia after the illegal occupation of Crimea and the start of the war in Donbas.
This answer was given by Zelensky at a joint briefing on 15 of September in Vienna with Austrian President Alexander van der Belen, to questions about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
"Unfortunately, we have lost this word (" relationship "- Ed.). And we lost the meaning of this word between our countries after Russia illegally annexed Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine began", - he said.
The President reminded that earlier Ukrainians and Russians called each other "brothers and sisters", and there were excellent relations between the countries.
"And today 14 thousand people died, and today - there are no two territories of our independent country. That's why I haven't found a word yet that is "between us", - he emphasized.
At the same time, Zelensky pointed out that the leadership of Ukraine and the Russian Federation began a dialogue, which led to a regime of silence, thanks to which Ukraine was able to return home 140 of its citizens.
"I think this is the beginning of a dialogue. And it seems to me that it is still very, very early for us to talk about "relations", - he added.
What is known
- President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky considers it reasonable to wait until the situation in Belarus stabilizes again before concluding the country's mediation in the Crimea and Donbas.