Negotiating now would not serve Kiev’s goals, Zelensky’s aide has said FILE PHOTO: Russian and Ukrainian delegations hold peace talks in Belarus on February 28, 2022. © Sputnik / Aleksandr Kryazhev

Kiev has ruled out peace talks with Moscow under the existing circumstances, comparing any negotiations to “civilizational catastrophe.” Re-starting talks would not contribute anything to the Ukrainian government’s goals, Mikhail Podoliak, an aide to President Vladimir Zelensky, told Ukraine’s Babel news media outlet on Friday.

“Today, Ukraine has no motives to hold the talks,” Podoliak said, adding that the “opportunity to win this war is much more important than any situational pause.” Starting dialogue under the present circumstances would only “formalize” the defeat of Ukraine and that of Europe, as well as “European values,” he added. (RT)