#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky on Zelensky’s statement about readiness to start negotiating with Russia

On May 4, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky announced his readiness to negotiate with Russia and implement the Minsk agreements during a joint briefing with the Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. Except that he noted that Ukraine needed to become stronger in economic, political and military sense, as well as had to be able to defend itself.

It might mean “never”, because Ukraine demonstrates a stable decline in economic, military and, especially, political terms. First of all, this is evident from a crushing defeat of Poroshenko in the presidential elections.

However, let us go back to the statement of Zelensky. Not so long ago, on May 23, Zelensky excluded the possibility of negotiations with Russia in the ether of “Hromadske TV” channel. What is the reason for such a sharp change of positions and the desire to “implement the Minsk agreements”? Perhaps European politicians explained to the new president that the Minsk agreements would have to be implemented. And it is necessary to judge how clear explanations were not by the rhetoric of Zelensky, but by real cases and yet there are no changes to talk about.

Let us not forget that the new president of Ukraine has yet to make an official visit to Washington, after which his rhetoric may change again. There is a high probability that we will have an updated version of Poroshenko represented by Zelensky, who will be doing the same things, but he will serve it in attractive wrapping. A sad thing is that his actions do not have any serious influence on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass.

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