After repeatedly pleading to its NATO allies for Ukraine to be admitted into the alliance, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that he will no longer plead and press for a NATO membership, seemingly nodding to one of Russia’s most salient demands from the country.

During an interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Zelensky was asked regarding Russia’s demands that could potentially end the war in Ukraine if he and his government would agree to it. It can be remembered that Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov enumerated beforehand a list of demands that could stop the war “in a moment” if Ukraine chooses to comply.

These demands are:

  • To halt all military actions and stop fighting the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine.
  • Change and amend its constitution to emphasize neutrality as a country.
  • Acknowledge that Crimea is a part of Russian territory.
  • Recognize that the disputed regions of Donetsk and Luhansk are independent states.

Peskov demanded that “Ukraine ceases its military action” and that they should “stop their military action, and then no one will shoot,” said the secretary. “We have also spoken about how they should recognize that Crimea is Russian territory and that they need to recognize that Donetsk and Luhansk are independent states. And that’s it. It will stop in a moment,” he explained.