Ukraine is Prepared to Consider Neutral Status in Peace Deal with Russia, Zelensky Says

Ukraine is prepared to consider a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on March 27.

“Security guarantees and neutrality, non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready to go for it. This is the most important point,” Zelensky told Russian independent journalists in a 90-minute video call.

Any agreement would be put to a referendum with the Ukrainian people, Zelensky added.

Zelensky further said that “the issues of Donbas and Crimea must be discussed and solved” in peace talks.

Ukraine was considering using the Russian language as part of its talks with Russia, Zelensky said.

Zelensky denied other Russian demands, including the “denazification” and the “demilitarization” of Ukraine, which Russia has used to justify its invasion.

Zelensky’s comments come as the Turkish presidency said that the next round of talks will be held at Istanbul on March 28.

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