Ukraine aide says any deal with Moscow isn’t worth a ‘broken penny’

Ukrainian presidential adviser and negotiator for the peace talks Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday that no deal with Russia was trustworthy, adding that the only way to stop the invasion of Moscow was by force.

“Any deal with Russia is not worth a broken penny,” Podolyak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies with cynicism and propaganda?

Russia and Ukraine blamed each other after peace talks stalled, with the last known face-to-face talks taking place on March 29.

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The Kremlin said earlier this month that Ukraine showed no willingness to continue peace talks, while officials in Kyiv blamed Russia for the lack of progress.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the only person to talk to was Russian President Vladimir Putin, since he made all the decisions.

“It doesn’t matter what their foreign minister says. It doesn’t matter that he sends us a negotiating group… all these people are unfortunately nothing,” he told Dutch television in an interview filmed on Friday.

Putin said Russian forces were conducting a special operation to demilitarize Ukraine and rid it of radical anti-Russian nationalists. Ukraine and its allies call this a false pretense.

“Russia has proven itself to be a barbaric country that threatens global security,” Podolyak said. “A barbarian can only be stopped by force.”

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