Volodymyr Zelensky responds to Vladimir Putin that he does not accept his “ultimatum” and asks for “dialogue”

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine.

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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenski, responded to the Kremlin on Monday that he does not accept his 鈥渦ltimatum鈥 to stop the invasion and asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to come out of his 鈥渂ubble鈥 and allow 鈥渄ialogue鈥.

This is how the Ukrainian president expressed himself when asked in an interview in advance in excerpts with the US network ABC about the Kremlin鈥檚 announcement, which has proposed to stop its offensive if Kiev renounces joining NATO, recognizes Crimea as Russian territory and recognizes the Donbas independence.

This is another ultimatum and we are not prepared for ultimatumsZelensky said during the interview, which will air in full tonight.

In contrast, the Ukrainian president stated that 鈥渨hat Putin must do is start the dialogue instead of living in an information bubble without oxygen.鈥

鈥淗e is in a bubble receiving information and we don鈥檛 know if the information they give him is realistic,鈥 he explained.

Questioned about the refusal of NATO and the US to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine, Zelensky insisted that it is necessary to shoot down Russian missiles to 鈥減reserve lives鈥 of civilians, since, he remarked, there are bombings against universities and hospitals.

I am sure that the brave American soldiers would shoot down (the Russian missiles) that are launched against the students. I am sure they would have no hesitation in doing so,鈥 he stated.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, reiterated this Monday during a visit to Latvia that neither his country nor NATO will support a no-fly zone over Ukraine, since this would imply making the Alliance 鈥減art鈥 of the conflict.

The position assumed by NATO is to send weapons to the Ukrainians to defend themselves from the Russian attack, but it will not deploy soldiers or planes in Ukraine, a country that is not part of the Atlantic Alliance.

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