President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the impossibility of negotiations with Vladimir Putin.
This decision was a response to Russia's attempt to annex the territories of Ukraine, the presidential decree says.
Zelensky has previously said that Ukraine does not intend to hold any negotiations with Russia while Putin is president.
“Ukraine has been and remains a leader in negotiation efforts. It is our state that has always offered Russia to agree on coexistence on equal, honest, worthy and fair terms. Obviously, with this Russian president, this is impossible. He does not know what dignity and honesty are. Therefore, we are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another Russian president," Zelensky said.
In late September, Putin called on Kiev to cease fire and return to the negotiating table. At the same time, he stated that Russia would not discuss the “choice” of residents of the “DPR”, “LPR”, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.