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Zelensky: “I’m ready to negotiate with Putin,” but if they fail, that could mean “World War III.”

“I’m ready to negotiate with him. I’ve been ready for the last two years, and I don’t think we can end this war without negotiations,” he told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Told.

“I think we have to use every form and every opportunity to get the possibility of negotiation, the possibility of talking with Putin. But if these attempts fail, this is in World War III. It means there is, “he added.

Zelensky has recently urged further negotiations as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches the fourth week. In a video message posted on Saturday, he called for negotiations “without delay” or warned that Russia’s losses would be “huge.”

“We have always insisted on negotiations. We have always provided dialogue and solutions for peace,” he said. Restore Ukrainian territorial integrity and justice. “

Zelensky previously stated that his priorities in the talks were clear: “End of War, Security, Sovereignty, Restoration of Territorial Integrity, True Guarantee of Our Country, True Protection of Our Country”.

Zelensky also told Zakaria on Sunday that Ukraine would not have started the war if it were a NATO member.

“I want to receive security for my country, my people. I will do it as soon as NATO members are ready to see us in the alliance, because people die every day,” he adds. rice field. Thank you for the help NATO has provided since the invasion began.

Still, last week Zelensky dropped his clearest hint, but he doesn’t expect his country to join NATO anytime soon. This was a Ukrainian goal.

NATO, a security alliance now consisting of 30 countries in North America and Europe, was established in 1949 in response to the start of the Cold War. The original purpose was to protect the West from the threat of the Soviet Union.

Since the end of the Cold War, many former Soviet satellite states and three former Soviet republics have joined NATO. This means that Russia is currently bordering the world’s largest military alliance.

“We are trying to defend sovereignty.”

When asked how he was holding up during the war, Zelensky told CNN that he was “doing everything else in Ukraine is doing.”

“We’ve teamed up to protect the country, so it doesn’t seem like that person needs to change to someone else, which is important when you can be yourself,” he says. I did. Well, “he added.

Zelensky also acknowledged that his weakness so far is the loss of these “huge numbers” of people and children.

“I fall asleep with this information about the killed children. We continue to pray to prevent new losses of people, but so far these results have not been achieved,” he said. Added. Protect our sovereignty and protect our country. ”

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Sunday that 11 girls and 25 boys had been killed since the start of the war.

Asked about Putin’s claim that the Ukrainian government is full of neo-Nazis, Zelensky told Zakaria that the Russian president “may be able to take very terrifying steps.”

“I’m not afraid of anything but people, but the fact-if he’s serious about this statement, he’s taking a very scary step because it means it’s not a game for him. “Maybe Zelensky said.

This story has been updated with additional reactions and backgrounds.

CNN’s Chris Liakos contributed to this report.


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