Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged former President Donald Trump to reveal details of an apparent plan that the 2024 Republican presidential front-runner claims would end the war in Ukraine “within 24 hours.”
Trump, 77, has openly boasted in several interviews and campaign events that, if elected president next year, he would lead peace negotiations between Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin and resolve the conflict in one day.
The former commander in chief, however, has declined to provide details on the approach he would take to ending the nearly 19-month war.
“Now you can publicly share your idea, without wasting time, without losing 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 do you see it, how to expel the Russians from our land. Otherwise, he will not be presenting the global idea of peace.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded with Trump to share details about his plans to end the war in Ukraine “within 24 hours.” fake images
Zelensky, 45, said any peace deal in which Ukraine ceded land to Russia would be a failure.
“So [if] The idea is how to take part of our territory and give it to Putin, that is not the formula for peace,” said the Ukrainian leader.
Since at least February, Trump has been touting his secret plan to resolve the war.
Former President Trump says he could lead peace negotiations between Zelensky and Vladimir Putin if he were in office.AP
Ukrainian President Volodymyr spoke to CNN about the possibility of Trump pushing his formula to stop the war, saying the former president’s plan might not present the overarching idea of peace. AFP via Getty Images
“You can negotiate in 24 hours,” Trump told Right Side Broadcasting Network on February 2. “It has to be done from the president’s office, and you have to get them both in a room, and there are things I can say to each of them (which I won’t reveal now) that will guarantee that this war will end immediately. They have to do it.”
In March, the former president similarly told Fox News host Sean Hannity that negotiations between him, Zelensky and Putin would be “easy.”
“If it is not solved [by the next presidential inauguration]”I will resolve it in 24 hours with Zelensky and Putin, and there is a very easy negotiation to do, but I don’t want to tell you what it is because then I can’t use that negotiation,” Trump said. , not even hinting at what his negotiation strategy would be.
Workers of the State Emergency Service put out a fire in a house after Russian night airstrikes, in the Kiev region of northern Ukraine, August 30, 2023. Volodymyr Tarasov / UkrInform / Avalon
Asked Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether his deal would allow Putin to keep the land he has taken in Ukraine, Trump responded: “No, no. I would make a fair deal for everyone. No, he would make it fair.”
Zelensky gave a stirring speech at the United Nations in Manhattan on Tuesday, calling on world leaders to “act together to defeat the aggressor.”
He took the stage hours after President Biden urged international unity against Russia’s offensive in his remarks to the UN General Assembly.
The Ukrainian president will travel to Washington on Thursday, where he will meet with Biden, 80, at the White House and with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. amid growing Republican skepticism about sending billions of dollars. dollars in more aid to Ukraine.