Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday called for a new round of peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, should they fail to materialize, the Ukrainian leader warned of dire global consequences.
“I’m ready for negotiations with him,” Zelensky said during an interview with CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria. “I was ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations we cannot end this war.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been ongoing for the past three weeks, with multiple rounds of peace talks between high-ranking diplomats failing to reach a resolution.
“I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, possibility of talking to Putin,” he continued. “But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War.”
On Saturday, the Ukrainian president released a video statement on Facebook in which he also pleaded for immediate talks with Russia.