Vladimir Putin has given Ukrainian President Zelensky three conditions that must be met before Putin will stop his assault on Ukraine.
1) Ukraine must give up on joining NATO.
2) Recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
3) Recognize the independence of two separatist regions in the eastern part of Ukraine.
ABC’s David Muir asked Zelensky, “When the Kremlin says these three conditions to end the war — that you must give up on joining NATO, recognize Crimea as part of Russia and recognize the independence of those two separatist regions in the east, to Vladimir Putin, who will get this message from you, you say it’s a nonstarter, not willing to [accept] those three conditions right now?”
Zelensky’s response shouldn’t surprise you: Ukraine is not going to accept any ultimatums from Russia. If Putin wants to have civil discussion that is one thing, but that isn’t what we’re looking at here.
As he told Muir:
“The question is more difficult than simply acknowledging them. This is another ultimatum, and we are not prepared for ultimatums. But we have the possible solution resolution for these three items, key items; what needs to be done is for President Putin to start talking. Start the dialogue instead of living in the information bubble without oxygen. I think that’s where he is. He is in this bubble. He’s getting this information, and you don’t know how realistic that information is that he’s getting.”
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