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Zelensky not changing his schedule in New York due to assassination attempt on his aide

KYIV. Sept 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he has no plans to change the schedule of his events and meetings in New York due to the assassination attempt on his aide Serhiy Shefir in Ukraine.

"Let’s speak frankly. If I didn’t have this status and trust and weren’t the president of Ukraine, then my priority would be to be with my friend, but we understand that I am the president first, and then father, husband, son, and comrade. These are the priorities set for me by life. I am the president, and I must represent the state first. To disrupt a meeting with [British] Prime Minister [Boris] Johnson, for example, which is very important… The United Kingdom is a country that really strongly supports us. I think I have no right to disrupt these meetings. I will hold them, and I will definitely represent Ukraine throughout my speech at the United Nations General Assembly," Zelensky told reporters the day before his scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky added that he would return to Kyiv immediately after his speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly and after holding a number of scheduled meetings with the presidents of other countries, investors, and businesspeople in the United States.

"After that, no one will rest, and no one will stay overnight [in New York]. Immediately after that, I will go home and will deal with this case [the assassination attempt on Shefir] in more detail," Zelensky said.