Zelensky: if Russia holds referendums on criminal liability, then Ukraine will not occupy an important place | news
Yesterday, at the presidential evening meeting of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky declaredthat Russia will close the possibility of negotiations if it holds “referendums” on the annexation of the occupied events.
“The position of our state remains the same: we don’t give anything of ours, if the occupiers follow the path of pseudo-referendums, they will close for themselves any possibility of dealing with Ukraine and the free world, which the Russian parties unambiguously consume at certain moments,” Zelensky said.
On upcoming referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine wrote, for example, in Bloomberg. According to them, the Kremlin wants to do everything by September 15. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) on July 26 said in a report that Russia and the pro-Russian increases in the increase in the seizure of Ukrainian lands are likely to hold referendums on joining these events to the Russian Federation on September 11.
But in a recent report, ISW experts, citing an adviser to the head of the Kherson regional administration, Sergei Khlan the authorsthat the Kremlin still hopes to hold referendums on 9/11, but could seriously move “in response to changing realities on the ground, including the Ukrainian counter-offensive.” The report also indicates that the Russian authorities are considering a seven-day “vote from home” instead of a single day of voting. Allegedly, “armed Russian citizens go from house to house and ‘interrogate’ residents.”
As for the negotiations. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov declaredthat Russia has never refused negotiations with Ukraine: “We have never refused negotiations, because everyone knows well: any hostilities end with negotiations.”
On the location of the Kremlin, Gerhard Schroeder ranks high on the list of former German chancellors: “The good news is that the Kremlin wants to get closer to the aisle. After all, there already was a negotiated approach to a settlement.”
Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov July 21, too spokewhat is relevant between Russia and Ukraine is possible, and Moscow “never talked about closing this door.”