01 December 2022,   16:19
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Format of compromises with Russia to be decided on all-Ukrainian referendum - Zelensky

Formats of compromises in Ukraine–Russia negotiations will be decided on an all-Ukrainian referendum. In particular, security guarantees and the status of temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea may be put to a vote.

President of Ukraine said this in an interview with Ukrainian, British, and Czech broadcasters.

“NATO does not grant membership to Ukraine as the Alliance members are afraid of Russia. We need to calm down, say, “Okay, [then give us] other security guarantees”. There are NATO members which want to be guarantors of security, which, unfortunately, cannot give us 100% NATO membership but are ready to do things that the Alliance would have to do if we were a member of the Alliance. And I think it is a normal compromise.

Security issues will concern constitutional amendments and changes in current Ukrainian legislation. I explained to all negotiating groups: when you talk about all these amendments, and they can be historic, we eventually will have to hold a referendum. The people will have to say and give an answer to certain formats of compromise. And what they will be, is a matter of our conversation and understanding between Ukraine and Russia”, - said Volodymyr Zelensky.

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