Why did Zelensky convene the National Security and Defense Council before meeting with Putin?

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Why did Zelensky convene the National Security and Defense Council before meeting with Putin? 

Minister Arsen Avakov said that on December 3, on the eve of the Norman meeting, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky convened the National Security and Defense Council.

Avakov said this at the second annual conference of the Ukrainian Association of Representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies, Khvilya reports.

“I planned to listen to speeches here, but, unfortunately, the president is gathering the National Security and Defense Council, and we are preparing for a meeting in the Norman format,” he said.

Avakov also announced the preparation of a meeting with US Chargé d'Affaires ai in Ukraine, William Taylor.

Legal obligations for Ukraine will not be indicated in the document signed at the meeting in the “Norman format”.

This was December 2 on the television program "Freedom of Speech", said Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmitry Kuleba.

“There will be no talk of any legal obligations that the Ukrainian state will assume as represented by the president,” he said.

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky will not make concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of the “Norman Four” in Paris.

This was the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov told reporters, reports RBC-Ukraine.

“You need to understand with whom, and whether they can be responsible for their words, whether they have such authority. The situation is rather complicated, we need a Norman meeting ... I’m sure that we won’t see any steps from President Zelensky on any concessions that will not benefit our state, ”Danilov emphasized.

Elena Zerkal said that President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky wants to go down in history as a peacemaker, because the "Steinmeier formula" was the only solution to the conflict.

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