Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba: a number of Asian and African countries offered to stop resistance Several representatives of African, Asian and Arab countries suggested that Kyiv “simply stop resistance” in order to continue exporting grain accumulated in ports, Kuleba said. He considered these words “inconceivable”
A number of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East offered the Ukrainian authorities to stop resisting Russian forces because of the desire to unblock ports and continue grain exports by Kyiv, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with Foreign Policy.
The minister pointed out that during conversations with “decision makers” from these countries, they would start the conversation with assurances of support for Kyiv, and then change their rhetoric, politely suggesting “just stop resisting.” Kuleba called this initiative “an unthinkable proposal.”
“They are ready to sacrifice Ukraine's independence to get it,”— added the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
Kuleba stressed that the assumption that the Ukrainian authorities “will sacrifice their people, territory and sovereignty in exchange for nominal peace” and calls for compromise are a manifestation of growing weariness.
As the Axios portal and the Walla agency wrote, citing high-ranking Ukrainian officials, the head of the Israeli government, Naftali Bennet, advised Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to accept Vladimir Putin's proposal and cease hostilities. “If I were you, I would think about the life of my people and accept the offer,” — conveyed Bennett's words to the interlocutor of the agency. An adviser to the head of Zelensky's office, Mikhail Podolyak, then rejected these data.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in May that Zelensky should “let go of all civilians and stop resistance,” Russia has no demands for his surrender. The minister added that Moscow does not seek to change the government in Ukraine, noting that such “doing all over the world” US authorities. The President of Ukraine should stop issuing orders to “his neo-Nazi battalions”, release civilians, in which case he “can bring peace”, Lavrov said.
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Earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio warned of the risk of new conflicts in Africa if Ukrainian grain is not delivered to buyers. According to him, 30 million tons of grain have accumulated in Ukraine. “Because without this grain, we risk new wars breaking out in Africa. We risk political instability, the proliferation of terrorist organizations and coups,” — he said.
The Kremlin insists that “illegal actions” led to the blockade of grain supplies from Ukraine; Western countries, and not the Russian side, meaning the sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus. Commenting on the allegations of a blockade of grain shipments from Ukraine, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, stressed: “We categorically reject these accusations and, on the contrary, accuse Western countries of taking a number of illegal actions that led to this blockade.”
The Russian special operation in Ukraine began on the night of February 24, this decision was made by Vladimir Putin. He justified his actions by the desire to carry out the demilitarization and “denazification” of the neighboring state, as well as to protect civilians in Donbass from the “genocide”, which, according to him, was carried out by official Kyiv.
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