President Zelensky has reacted angrily to Donald Trump’s so-called plan to stop the war in Ukraine, saying if the former US leader “has got some smart ideas” he should “share them with us.”

In an interview with CNN, the Ukrainian president was asked what he thought about recent comments made by Trump in which said he could negotiate an end to the full-scale invasion “in 24 hours.”

Trump has repeatedly made the claim in recent months but has not elaborated how he would actually achieve it, merely saying that all he would have to do is “get them in a room” and “say certain things to Putin” and “say certain things to Zelensky.”

Asked about the plans, a visibly agitated Zelensky speaking in Ukrainian said: “If he’s got some smart ideas, he can share them with us, of course. He can publicly share his idea now, not waste time, so as not to lose people, and say, ‘My formula is to stop the war and stop all this tragedy and stop Russian aggression,’ say how he sees it, how to push Russia from our land. Otherwise, he’s not presenting the global idea of peace.”

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Zelensky concluded that “the idea is how to take the part of our territory and to give Putin, that is not the peace formula.”

CNN host Wolf Blitzer then asked Zelensky if Ukraine was ready to cede territory to Russia.

Switching to English, Zelensky replied: “We’re not ready [to give up territory to Russia]. But the question for Trump – or to someone else, maybe it’s not his idea – is ‘is the United States ready to give up territory after Putin has said he would use nuclear weapons?’

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“[Putin] has said publicly a lot of times that he can use nuclear weapons on Europe or maybe some other target.

“So it means that countries including the United States and the EU – countries that are afraid because people are afraid of such messages – are ready to give Putin what he wants.”

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Zelensky then said this would only reward Putin’s aggression against Ukraine and it would set the stage for more conflict driven by Russia.

“After we negotiate with Putin, he will then give us his new list of ‘wishes,’” he said.

While Zelensky is not a fan of Trump’s proposed plan, it has drawn praise from Putin, who said recently: “We surely hear that Mr. Trump says he will resolve all burning issues within several days, including the Ukrainian crisis.

“We cannot help but feel happy about it.”

In an interview with NBC News published on Sunday, Trump appeared to revel in the praise, saying: “Well, I like that he said that

“And I’d have a deal worked out. I would get a deal worked out. It would’ve been a lot easier before it started.”

Trump once again refused to go into detail about his plan, saying that “if I tell you exactly, I lose all my bargaining chips.”

He added: “But I would say certain things to Putin. I would say certain things to Zelensky, both of whom I get along.”

Trump has repeatedly made the same vague claims over the last few months.

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During a town hall event on Fox News in June, where he also said he “got along with Putin” and made bizarre comments about the current waves of Russian missile and drone attacks against Kyiv, he said: “I want to stop that war, I don’t want that war to continue.

“And I’ll stop that war, mark my words, I’ll stop that war in 24 hours.”

The event’s host Sean Hannity then interrupted to say: “Mr. President, let me ask. Serious question. How do you stop that war in 24 hours?”

He replied: “I will get them into a room, and I know an exact way. You tell one ‘you’re not going to get anything unless you make a deal.’ You tell the other one ‘they’re going to get a lot unless you make a deal.’

“And you just sit them, and you put them, and you have to make a determination.”

Although Trump did not say which one was which, his comments appear to suggest he would force Ukraine to accept the loss of territories illegally occupied and annexed by Russian forces with the threat of rewarding President Putin with even more if they refuse to accept his offer.

Trump was asked directly in the NBC interview if he would make Ukraine give up territory to Russia. He replied “no, no, no, no,” adding: “I’d make a fair deal for everybody. Nope, I’d make it fair.”

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Zel
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trump knows nothing about war. Remember, he is a serial draft dodger.

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Ant
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With only two parties, is America really a democracy? The Democrats are not great but the Republicans are only supported by brain dead twats.

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Ant
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The only people stupider than Trump are his supporters, wow are they thick as two short planks.

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K Brown
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Trump only ever talks shit, much like Putin, they are both the worlds biggest liars. You can tell when they’re lying because… their lips are moving.

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Sante
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"though he has never explained exactly how"

To his non-existent peace plan. What a joke he is. Trump is as corrupt as they come. He praised Putin, praised Kim Jong Un, his 2016 campaign manager took a 10 million dollar loan from a known Russian oligarch, tried to force Zelensky to do some shady shit against Biden under threat of funding cuts, and prob a lot more bullshit I can't remember right now. I don't think someone who is so comfortable with tyrants and tyranny even knows what the word peace means.

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Guest
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All it takes for peace are one of two things.
1) Russia to respect the decision of the United Nations and International court of justice and withdraw from Ukraine as an unlawful aggressor and restore Ukraines territorial sovereignty.
2) Ukraine to surrender its freedom, government and liberty to an invader.

In 1939, the world was faced with the same choice when Germany and Russia invaded Poland as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Germany has changed, Russia has not and still seeks imperialist expansion.

If Russia is not thwarted in Ukraine, Moldova and the Baltics are next.

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Imokru2
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I am a conservative, but Trump’s pronouncements are just nuts.
Both he and Biden need to get out of the way and allow younger people to come up with new and effective ideas.
I think the best conservative candidate is Nikki Haley.

London Calling
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@Imokru2,

I am not American, but I am glad that there are discerning people in the American conservative movement who can see Trump for what he is!

I really do hope to God that he does not get in for a second term.

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