A senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country’s government rejects the idea put forward by Russia that Ukraine should adopt a Swedish or Austrian model of neutrality.
Ukraine is now at war with Russia, said Mikhailo Podolak, and that the security model “can only be Ukrainian” with “legally assured security guarantees. There are no other models or options.”
“what does that mean?” He completed. “First, absolute security guarantees, which means that the signatories to the guarantees will not stand aside in the event of an attack on Ukraine, as is the case today.”
Instead, they “take an active part on the side of Ukraine in the conflict and provide us with immediate supplies of necessary weapons.”
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the “disarmament” of Ukraine could be a compromise for Russia, proposing a Swedish or Austrian model of the state.
“This is an option that is currently being discussed and can really be seen as a compromise,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.
The head of the Russian delegation in talks with Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, earlier spoke of an Austrian or Swedish version of a neutral state in Ukraine with a refusal to deploy foreign bases or enter the bloc, but at the same time with its own presence. Armed forces.
“Ukraine has never been a militaristic country that attacks or plans to attack its neighbors,” Podolyak said. “That is why today Ukraine wants to have a strong set of allies with clearly defined security guarantees.”
He also reiterated his demand for a no-fly zone over Ukraine that includes aircraft and missiles.
CNN’s Sarah Dean contributed reporting for this post.
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