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Ukraine Open to Russia's Neutrality Demand But Won’t Yield Territory, Aide Says

  • Zelenskiy aide reinforces demand for security guarantees
  • Ihor Zhovkva, in interview, lays out pre-conditions for talks
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Ukraine Is Ready for 'Diplomatic Solution,' Aide Says
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Ukraine is open to discussing Russia’s demand of neutrality as long as it’s given security guarantees, though it won’t surrender a “single inch” of territory, a top foreign policy aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.

“Surely, we are ready for a diplomatic solution,” Ihor Zhovkva, Zelenskiy’s deputy chief of staff, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Wednesday from Kyiv. “Our first and foremost pre-condition for having such kind of negotiations is immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of Russian troops.”