When asked by the moderator at the YES Brainstorming Forum in Kiev about the possibility of war with Russia, Zelensky said: “I think it’s possible. There is potential in this. It will be Russia’s biggest mistake, and then between Russia, Ukraine, Belarus. There will never be a neighborhood.
Stating that states are hostile because of Moscow’s actions in the media, Zelensky said, “The problem is that Russia’s information policy today is about not respecting Ukraine’s independence. The problem is not in the choice of this or that political strategist who defines the ‘Russian world’ and the like. After this definition, the deterioration of the attitude of the Ukrainian people towards the Russians has nothing to do with it. “
When asked about what he thinks about Putin, Zelensky said, “I don’t have time to think about it. His country and himself should not be offended by this. It concerns me whether we can have a more detailed meeting. It is not for explanatory purposes, as he did with some countries. But in more detail than at the first meeting in the Normandy format. I’m interested in the meeting,” he said.
‘Ukraine Is Ready To Join NATO’
Meanwhile, Zelensky said that Ukraine is ready to join NATO. Zelenskiy, who argued that Ukraine is ready to join NATO, considering the level of its army and experts, continued as follows:
“The reforms we have made are not needed by NATO or the EU, but by our people first of all. We do not get what we can do and expect, but we think NATO needs us. There would not be a strong EU without Ukraine.“
‘The Kremlin Expressed Regret At Zelensky’s Words’
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that Zelensky’s statements were met with sadness in the Kremlin.
When journalists asked at the daily press conference how the Kremlin was responding to Zelensky’s statements, Peskov replied, “Sadly.”
Asked whether the Kremlin sees the danger of such a war with Russia, Peskov said, “We don’t want to have expectations that are apocalyptic.”