Dialogue with the Russian Federation will become possible when the Russian army leaves Ukrainian territory, otherwise the ceasefire agreement will become only a tactical pause to strengthen Russian positions and lead to the loss of Ukrainian territories. Mykhailo Podolyak, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, stated this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
He noted that every military success and every meter of liberated land strengthens Ukraine. At the same time, he believes that dialogue with Russia will become possible when the Russian army leaves Ukrainian territory.
Mykhailo Podolyak emphasized that there is no consensus among the leaders of Western countries on the issue of removing the President of the Russian Federation from office, but any agreement with the current Russian leader will lead to the loss of the territories of Ukraine and the strengthening of other autocracies.
"A deal with Putin is a one-way ticket to a world where international law is no longer valid, where law is determined by force, and force is nuclear weapons. And why pay such a price if Putin does not give up the goal of destroying us? The ceasefire for Russia is a tactical pause for reinforcement. Is it worth making such a gift to Moscow?" said the Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President.
Answering a question about whether Ukraine would continue to fight if Western countries refused us new military aid, Mykhailo Podolyak said: "Ask the Ukrainians. Those whose homes were hit by Russian missiles. Those whose loved ones were killed or raped. Those who spend the night in cold, wet trenches. Ask those who will stay here for the winter, knowing that Russia will try to deprive us of light, water and communication. Ask, looking these people in the eyes."
"We have no choice. Russia invaded us with mobile crematoria and half a million body bags. If we cease to defend ourselves, we cease to exist. Literally. Physically. We will continue to fight, even if they stab us in the back," added the Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President.
At the same time, he urged not to speculate on the topic of negotiations among representatives of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
"The armed forces of both countries can communicate with each other even to receive warnings about the consequences of using weapons of mass destruction. But there are no negotiations between Russia and Western countries regarding Ukraine. Our partners adhere to the principle "nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine". No party will be able to ensure the implementation of agreements without the endorsement of the Ukrainian people," Mykhailo Podolyak summarized.