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Zelenskyy comments on Orban's ceasefire proposal: "I don't want trouble for Ukraine"

4 July, 2024 Thursday
18:06

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the proposal by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban regarding ceasefire, stating that there is no guarantee Russia will not use it to accumulate weapons

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He said this in an interview with Bloomberg.

According to him, a ceasefire cannot be discussed without a clear plan. 

Zelenskyy added that Ukraine has had "hundreds of meetings" since the Minsk agreements aimed at the ceasefire, but Russia has consistently undermined them.

"Therefore, any ceasefire must occur on an internationally recognized platform in the presence of trusted countries and leaders. While opinions on how to end this war may differ, unity and mutual trust are crucial," the President noted.

Zelenskyy underscored the necessity for assurance that Russia will not use a ceasefire to bolster military equipment in occupied territories.

"This is very important. I do not want trouble for my state. We are already at war. Giving preference to Russia today is simply impossible," the President stressed.

Viktor Orban's ceasefire proposal: What we know

On July 2, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived in the Ukrainian capital for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He suggested that a ceasefire could enable Ukraine to expedite negotiations with Russia

Earlier, Viktor Orban announced the purpose of his visit on Facebook.

"The purpose of the Hungarian presidency is to contribute to solving the challenges facing the European Union. My first trip, therefore, led to Kyiv," the Hungarian Prime Minister wrote.

Earlier, Index reported on Orban's visit to Kyiv, noting that the main purpose of his visit is to discuss the possibility of achieving peace.

According to Orban's spokesman, during his stay in Kyiv, the Hungarian prime minister will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.




 
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