Curated By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
Last Updated: September 20, 2023, 12:59 IST
Washington D.C., United States of America (USA)
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told former US president and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump this week to share his peace plans for Ukraine publicly and back his claims that he can end the 2022 Russo-Ukrainian war.
“He can publicly share his ideas now, not waste time, not to lose people” Zelensky was quoted as saying by CNN. He, however, warned that if the idea is to give Ukrainian territories to Russia then that does not qualify as a peace plan.
“If the idea is how to take part of our territory and to give Putin, that is not the peace formula. And he said, how he sees it, how to push Russian from our land. Otherwise, he’s not presenting the global idea of peace,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky was referring to Donald Trump’s recent claims where he promised that he would negotiate a fair deal when he appeared for a programme on news channel NBC.
“No, no. I’d make a fair deal for everybody. Nope, I’d make it fair,” Trump said during an appearance at the NBC’s Meet the Press programme.
Trump was asked if the deal would be a win for Russian President Vladimir Putin and to that he responded by saying that a deal could be negotiated to ensure Russia has less territory than it has now.
“You know, that’s something that could have been negotiated. Because there were certain parts, Crimea and other parts of the country, that a lot of people expected could happen. You could have made a deal. So they could have made a deal where there’s less territory right now than Russia’s already taken, to be honest,” Trump was quoted as saying.
Zelensky also appeared positive about the Ukrainian counteroffensive and said that his nation is on the finishing line. “We are on the finishing line, I’m sure of that,” Zelensky said.
He urged US President Joe Biden and the US Congress to sanction Ukraine’s request to obtain long-range missiles from the US.
The US is divided on whether to provide more support to Ukraine as one faction of the Republicans demand sending aid to Kyiv and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy faces a dilemma whether to approve additional funding for the war-torn nation.
Zelensky will meet Kevin McCarthy and Joe Biden later this week. He is in the US to attend the UN General Assembly.