Kiba Mikhail Padolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said Ukraine wanted peace. He told Reuters on Friday that Ukraine was ready for talks with Russia, including on staying neutral with NATO.
“If negotiations are possible, negotiations should start,” he said in a text message to Reuters. We have no fear if they call for talks in Moscow on the condition that we remain neutral to NATO. We will talk about that too. Our acceptance of the talks is part of our ongoing quest for peace. “
Ukraine is not currently a member of either the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or the European Union (EU). However, despite Moscow’s outrage and reluctance, it wants to join both groups. This is the root cause of Russia’s aggression.
After gaining independence from the then Soviet Union, Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees from European countries.
Russia occupied Crimea in 2014 after pro-democracy protests ousted a pro-Russian president.