The President of Ukraine expressed anger that the English interpreter did not convey the full content of his speech and decided to translate his own comments.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed anger after an interpreter failed to fully translate his Ukrainian statement during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday. 18/8.
“That’s why further negotiations can only take place when Russia leaves the territories it illegally controls,” Zelensky’s interpreter said.
“And I also talked about potential opportunities. I said the situation could not be resolved because every day we see fire from the Russian side,” Mr. Zelensky turned to the interpreter, paraphrasing again by English. “That’s why they have to leave our territory. Then we will see what to do next.”
“And I also say ‘Slava Ukraini’ (Glory to Ukraine),” Zelensky added.
“Glory to Ukraine,” the interpreter quickly added.
“Thank you very much. It’s very important,” replied the Ukrainian President with obvious annoyance.
Secretary General Guterres, President Erdogan and President Zelensky met on August 18 in Lviv to discuss Ukraine’s grain exports and issues related to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the south of the country. This is the first time Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Zelensky have spoken face-to-face since Russia began its military operation in Ukraine at the end of February.
Erdogan said he and the two leaders discussed the resumption of peace talks with Russia, which were held in Istanbul in March but then collapsed.
Ukraine recently announced that it would only conduct negotiations with Russia if it suffered significant tactical losses. The Kremlin also said earlier that it could not hold a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky, although Turkey has expressed its desire to mediate.
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