Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged former US President Donald Trump to share his peace plan for Ukraine publicly, but said that he would not give up any territory to Russia.
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, Zelensky said that he was “open to” Trump’s peace plan, but that he had not seen it yet. He also said that he was not sure if Trump’s plan would be acceptable to Russia.
“He can publicly share his idea now, not waste time, not to lose people, and say, ‘My formula is to stop the war and stop all this tragedy and stop Russian aggression,’” Zelensky told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“And he said, how he sees it, how to push Russian from our land. Otherwise, he’s not presenting the global idea of peace.”
Zelensky also said that he would not give up any territory to Russia as part of a peace deal.
“So (if) the idea is how to take the part of our territory and to give Putin, that is not the peace formula.”
Trump has been criticized for his handling of the Ukraine crisis, and for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, he has also said that he wants to see the war in Ukraine end.
In a statement on Monday, September 18, 2023, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Trump said that he had a “very good” plan for peace in Ukraine. He also said that he was willing to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and cut a deal with Zelensky and Putin to end the war in Ukraine within 24 hours.
“No, no. I’d make a fair deal for everybody. Nope, I’d make it fair,” Trump said, when asked if we would let Putin keep the land he’s taken.
“You know, that’s something that could have been negotiated. Because there were certain parts, Crimea and other parts of the country, that a lot of people expected could happen. You could have made a deal. So they could have made a deal where there’s lesser territory right now than Russia’s already taken, to be honest,” Trump said at the time.
It is unclear what Trump’s peace plan for Ukraine entails. However, he has previously suggested that Ukraine should cede Crimea to Russia and that the two countries should negotiate a neutral status for Ukraine.
Zelensky’s rejection of Trump’s peace plan is likely to further complicate the efforts to end the war in Ukraine. It is also likely to raise tensions between the United States and Russia.
The war in Ukraine has been going on for over seven months, and there is no end in sight. The conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and has had a significant impact on the global economy.
It is important to note that Trump is no longer President of the United States, and that his peace plan is not supported by the Biden administration. It is also important to note that Zelensky has said that he is open to other peace plans, but that he will not give up any territory to Russia