"You give us weapons - we fight": NATO's Kuleba rejects Russia's concessions and denies deadlock at the front
At NATO headquarters in Brussels, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine will not make concessions to the aggressor and will not give up the goal of restoring the territorial integrity of our country within the borders recognized since 1991. He advised those who offer our country to sit down at the negotiating table with Russia right now to give up some of their territories and their people before making such offers to Ukraine.
At the same time, Kuleba said that the situation at the front has not reached a deadlock, and if the assistance from partners increases, the Ukrainian army will show how it can drive the invaders out of its country. The foreign minister made the statement before the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council at the level of foreign ministers, Ukrainian media reported .
Kuleba emphasized that the war can only end when Ukraine expels the occupiers from all corners of the state within its internationally recognized borders. Kyiv will not make any concessions in this matter.
"Our strategic goal of regaining control over the 1991 border remains unchanged, and nothing will stop us," the minister emphasized.
At the same time, Kuleba admitted that from time to time Ukraine is being induced to make certain concessions and agreements with Russia. The diplomat had some advice for supporters of such an end to the war.
"Such people who propose this should first of all offer the same to their governments - to give someone a part of their territory, their people. Let them do it, and we will see if it is possible to talk about it," the Foreign Minister said.
Kuleba also categorically denied that the situation on the battlefield has reached a deadlock.
"There is no deadlock," he said.
The head of the Ukrainian army once again called on the United States and other NATO partners to help the Ukrainian army restore justice and respect for international law.
"The best way to prevent your soldiers from participating in combat is to help those who are waging war. You give us weapons - we fight, it's a fair deal," Kuleba addressed the Western leaders.
As a reminder, Hungary is among those who insist on Ukraine's surrender. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is called Putin's friend, regularly states that Ukraine will not be able to win on the battlefield, and Russia will never lose in a war. And Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has repeatedly broadcast the thesis that "Russia is ready for peace talks."
Now Slovakia has joined Hungary. After a pro-Russian party won the elections there, its leader Robert Fico, recently appointed head of the Slovak government, called Russia's war against Ukraine a "frozen conflict" and spoke of the need for negotiations.
Together with Orban, Fico is also blocking aid to Ukraine at the EU level.
Meanwhile, the German newspaper Bild said that US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz want to push Zelensky to negotiate with Russia, but have a plan B.