Zelensky says he would listen to Trump’s ideas on ending war in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that he would listen to former President Donald Trump’s ideas on how to end the war in Ukraine “with pleasure.”

The comments came at the annual Delphi Economic Forum in Athens, Greece, in which world leaders were invited to discuss “Politics, Business, Diplomacy, and Civil Society.” In a remote interview from Ukraine, Zelensky was asked about a purported “secret plan” by Trump to end the war, to which he responded that he would “with pleasure listen to [ideas] and then we can discuss the topic,” according to CNN.

Zelensky previously slammed Trump’s ideas for ending the war in Ukraine, telling media outlets on Tuesday that he didn’t need any “primitive” ideas, such as giving up territories, but did invite Trump to Ukraine to discuss any ideas the former president may have.

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Trump’s plan would include Ukraine giving up the Donbas and Crimea border region, according to a report by the Washington Post. The conflict began in 2014 when Russia announced it was annexing Crimea and escalated into a war in 2022 when Russia recognized parts of Ukraine as belonging to the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic in the Donbas, claiming they are independent states.

The Trump campaign has pushed back against the comments, telling CNN, “There’s been no outreach from Zelensky, and President Trump has said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to go to Ukraine right now since he’s not Commander in Chief.”

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