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"Return Territory For Talks" - Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Kyiv. Taken Saturday, April 9, 2022

The secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council said on Tuesday the main condition for the resumption of negotiations with Russia would be the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday he was open to talks with Russia, but only "genuine" negotiations that would restore Ukraine's borders, grant it compensation for Russian attacks and punish those responsible for war crimes."Russia, negotiations.

Additionally, the main condition of the President of Ukraine is restoration of Ukrainian territorial integrity," National Security and Defense Council head Oleksiy Danilov wrote on Twitter.

The official said Ukraine also needed the "guarantee" of modern air defenses, aircraft, tanks and long-range missiles.

"Guarantee – modern air defence, aircraft, tanks, and long-range missiles. Strategy – proactive steps. Russian missiles must be destroyed before launch in the air, on land and at sea."

Zelenskiy made his remarks days after a Washington Post report that Washington wanted Kyiv to signal its willingness for talks, concerned that by appearing too intransigent Kyiv might harm its case for international support.

Meanwhile, a senior adviser to Ukraine's president said on Monday that Kyiv had never refused to negotiate with Moscow and that it was ready for talks with Russia's future leader, but not with Vladimir Putin.