SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 18 September 2021, Saturday |

Ukrainian President Says Possibility of Full-On War With Russia Exists

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on 10 September that there was a possibility of a war with Russia, but that would be “the biggest mistake” on Russia’s part.

“I think there could be [a full-on war with Russia] … There is some potential there. I think it would be the biggest mistake Russia could make, there would never be any neighborly relations between Russia, Ukraine, Belarus after that,” Zelenskyy said during YES Brainstorming forum in Kiev.

When asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zelenskyy said he had “no time to think about him.”

Earlier this month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Kiev was ready to host a meeting of the two presidents, but it seemed as if Moscow was trying to avoid the summit.

The Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has said that Putin is ready to meet with Zelenskyy because the relationship between the two countries needs improving. At the same time, Peskov has stressed that Putin would not discuss Crimea with the head of another country.

The relationship between Ukraine and Russia has been strained since 2014, when Kiev’s conflict with two self-proclaimed republics in the east of Ukraine began. Kiev has repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Russia has rejected the accusations and stressed that it is not a party to Ukraine’s internal conflict.

Kremlin Regrets Zelensky’s Statement About Possibility of Ukraine-Russia War

The Kremlin regrets a statement made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about the possibility of a war between Ukraine and Russia, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on 10 September.