The mayor of Odessa called for negotiations with Russia

Odessa Mayor Trukhanov urged to negotiate with Russia and seek a compromise Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov called on the Kiev authorities to negotiate with Russia and seek compromises.

He stated this in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“I think it is important to negotiate in a political way, the lives of millions of people are at stake. Of course, I would like to return our 1991 borders, but this needs to be done step by step, to look for compromises, to avoid wall—to-wall logic,” Trukhanov said.

The mayor also appreciated the decisions of the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, taken since the beginning of the Russian special operation in the country. According to Trukhanov, they are all “generally correct.”

“People come scared”Interrogations at the border, common rooms and uncertainty. What awaits Ukrainian refugees in Russia?On June 30, 2022, at the same time, the head of the city criticized Zelensky for not granting “greater autonomy” to regions and municipalities.

Trukhanov also once again spoke out against the demolition of the Odessa monument to Catherine II. “Even if we destroy monuments, history will not change. I know that the petition [on the demolition of the monument to the Russian Empress] has gained 25 thousand signatures, but I am in favor of waiting. With this approach, should I demolish monuments to Pushkin or Gagarin? It doesn’t make any sense,” the mayor said.

Earlier, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, the leader of the LDPR Leonid Slutsky called the conditions on which Russia will agree to negotiate with Ukraine. According to him, Moscow is ready to consider the negotiation process if the Ukrainian side is ready for unconditional surrender.