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Zelenskyy wants to learn what Ukrainians think about talks with Russia

"This is not a legislative referendum… This is a normal conversation with people."

Zelenskyy wants to learn what Ukrainians think about talks with Russia
Photo: The president's press service

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that putting the issue of concluding peace agreements with Russia to a referendum is not a legislative initiative but a way to find out public opinion.

He said this at a meeting with public activists in the presidential administration, according to his website.

"We must hear every person. This is not a legislative referendum but a referral: citizens, what do you think? This is a normal conversation with people," Zelenskyy said.

The president stressed that he "strives for openness in discussing important issues for the country" and does not want to make decisions behind "closed doors, as was done before".

Participants in the meeting agreed that it would be reasonable to call this not a referendum but a survey and dialogue with society.

For their part, the activists suggested that the president should meet representatives of the public on a regular basis.

Earlier the head of the presidential administration, Andriy Bohdan, said that the president’s team is considering the possibility of putting the issue of reaching peace agreements with Russia on the Donbas war to a nationwide referendum.

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